There are very clear differences between men and women, and in the health and wellness needs of each. Research has indicated that the average women needs to be more mindful about heart health, especially in the years that surround menopause. Additionally, we know of every three people with eye disease, two of them are women. That means women need to be watchful of how they take care of their eyes as they age, as well. Fortunately, there are easy ways to do this:
Healthy Living for Healthy Eyes
Two of the most concerning eye conditions that may affect women as they grow older are cataracts and macular degeneration. Each of these problems can cost a woman her overall quality of life as it steals her vision. Cataract removal can be scheduled as needed, but macular degeneration cannot be cured. If abnormal growth of blood vessels progresses through macular degeneration, central vision may become blurry or may be lost altogether.
We’d like to help our patients avoid such steep consequences. While there are certain genetic predispositions to consider, there are also measures that every woman can take to guard her long-term vision.
Some of the choices women can make include:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight affects blood sugar, and the condition of diabetes increases a woman’s already-higher risk of serious eye disease.
- Avoid tobacco. This habit significantly raises a person’s risk for both cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Eat well for eye health. Foods high in beta-carotene, plant nutrients, and lutein feed the eyes and lower the risk of eye disease. Add carrots and leafy greens to as many meals as possible.
- Yearly eye exams are crucial for early detection of eye disease. Conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration often show no signs early on.
- Protection is a must. Nearly half a million eye injuries occur each year. Whether you are cleaning the house, gardening, or word-working, protective eyewear should be worn.
- Makeup can pose an infection risk! Throw old cosmetics away.
Schedule your yearly eye exam now! Call Central Florida Eye Institute at (352) 237-8400.