Most of your patients are probably unaware that several eye conditions are more prevalent in women. April is designated as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to promote awareness of these issues. Women comprise:
Other eye diseases common in women:
Pregnancy, Menopause and Eye Health
Women also experience unique eye health issues related to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. Pregnancy may cause physiologic changes to the eye and can affect preexisting diseases. Some of these conditions include:
In menopause, changes in estrogen and androgen levels affect the aqueous, lipid and mucin components of the tear film. There is mixed evidence on whether hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women affects dry eye positively or negatively. Other studies suggest that menopause may be associated with an increased risk for glaucoma.
Safety Eyewear To Consider
Safety glasses for women can differ from men’s eyewear in terms of frame sizes, and are made using materials capable of withstanding high impact. Any of these frames, which are carried by our independent lab, are up for the challenge.
Spread Awareness Through Annual Eye Exams
Since women have a longer life expectancy, they are more susceptible to developing these eye diseases during their lifetime. However, studies find that after adjusting for age, women are still at higher risk for certain eye diseases.
Although some of these age-related changes may not be preventable, early detection and management can significantly impact the visual outcome. As an Eye Care Professional, you may be the first to educate patients on their eye health and overall wellness. Talk to your patients about risk factors and encourage other women in their families to schedule eye exams. Provide personalized lens recommendations to address these risk factors or any existing conditions.
R&D Optical Lab carries an extensive line of optical products to serve all your patients’ needs. Please visit our website, RandDOptical.com, or call us at 513-273-4034 to learn how we can support your practice in promoting healthy vision. For more tips and our latest updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn!
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