Women’s Eye Health Month: Women at Greater Risk for Blinding Eye Diseases
Did you know that women are more likely than men to develop potentially blinding eye diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration? April is Women’s Eye Health Month and at Prevent Blindness Wisconsin we want to make sure women everywhere have healthy eyes. Women can keep their eyes healthy by following four simple steps.
1. Get a regular dilated eye exam – the only way to diagnose most eye diseases.
2. Eat a healthy diet, stay fit and, if you smoke, quit smoking.
3. Wear sunglasses with UV eye protection.
4. Tell your eye doctor if you have any family history of eye disease. 
Not sure whether or not you need an eye exam? Take our Adult Vision Risk Assessment.
 
Diabetic Eye Disease and Pregnancy: Amy Lukas, a mother of 3 with another on the way, talks about managing her diabetes to protect her health and her healthy vision.
The leading cause of blindness among adults 22-74, diabetic retinopathy risks increase during pregnancy, as do other complications of diabetes.  Amy has had type 1 diabetes since age 11, and she experienced diabetic retinopathy in her mid-20s. To ensure that she and her little-one-on-the-way are healthy, Amy makes managing her diabetes and her pregnancy her full-time job. Learn more about how Amy balances her busy lifestyle with her diabetes: http://www.liverightsavesight.org/#!amy-lukas-pregnancy/cnll
Women who are pregnant should be sure to visit their eye care professional if they notice any changes in their vision or have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy progresses much more rapidly during pregnancy.
 
Click here for more information on Pregnancy and Your Vision. 
 
Blurry vision, stinging, burning eyes, eye fatigue… Dry Eye Syndrome affects women in menopause, pregnancy.  Pregnancy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy, as well as age, can cause dry eye syndrome, an uncomfortable eye condition that can include stinging or burning eyes, discharge, blurred vision, heavy eyelids and eye fatigue.  In fact, twice as many women are likely to develop dry eye syndrome as men.  A visit to your eye care professional to rule out more serious eye problems is recommended. Women diagnosed with dry eyes may find relief through adjusting daily habits, such as avoiding smoke, using a humidifier, or using over-the-counter or prescription drops or ointments. To learn more, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000426.htm
 
Need Help Affording an Eye Exam and Glasses? Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers vouchers for a complete eye exam and glasses to low-income adults and children who qualify. Call 414-765-0505 to learn more, or visit our website: http://wisconsin.preventblindness.org/vision-programs