Many women find themselves responsible for their family’s health and wellness, but they often neglect their own. This definitely includes eye health and safety.

Women’s Eye Health provides the following statistics to help understand why this needs to change:

  • Women account for 2/3 of blindness and visual impairment.
  • About 3/4 of visual impairment is preventable.
  • The top risk factors for poor eye health are obesity, smoking, age and poor nutrition.
  • The 4 leading eye diseases are age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

One reason women account for more blindness and visual impairment than men is simply because women generally live longer than men, but it’s also because women often give less priority to their own health – eye or otherwise – as compared to that of their loved ones.

The purpose of Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month is to get women to at least for a little while focus on themselves, which will help them to better take care of their families.

General Eye Health

While the same tips for good eye health apply equally to everyone, let’s consider them with a focus on women’s eye health.

  • Get regular eye exams “” Every woman over age 40 should have an eye exam at least every couple of years. Not only will doing so possible prevent eye disease progression, it can also reveal health problems in other areas.
  • Consider hormones “” Changing hormones can affect eye health and cause problems like dry eyes and light sensitivity in addition to the other symptoms that come with the different seasons of a woman’s life.
  • Know your history “” For a lot of reasons, knowing your family history proves helpful. This is definitely true with regard to eye health since many eye diseases are hereditary.
  • Avoid smoking “” An estimated 1/3 of age-related macular degeneration cases and cataracts are due to smoking, not to mention the whole host of other illnesses related to regular cigarette smoke exposure.
  • Aim for a healthy lifestyle “” While this proves difficult for busy women, just taking small steps toward a healthier lifestyle can add up to make a huge difference over time both in general health and wellness but also with eye health as well.
  • Use cosmetics safely “” This involves discarding old cosmetics, not sharing them, and not applying them while doing other activities (like driving).
  • Wear sunglasses “” Wearing sunglasses with UV protection can slow the development of cataracts and protect against other types of sun damage (photokeratitis, or sunburned eyes, for example).
  • Consider safety glasses “” Experts say that 90% of eye injuries occur at home and are preventable by wearing safety glasses. Unfortunately, many women make sure their family’s eyes are protected but often forget to protect their own.

Many of these tips involve simple common sense along with making eye health a priority for every family member. And while the idea of sunglasses still remains just a fashion statement for many women, an increase in style and other options in recent years makes wearing quality eyewear that’s right for the individual and the situation easier and less costly.

Women’s Safety Glasses & Sunglasses

For many years, the vast majority of styles for safety glasses and sunglasses best fit the physical features of men. Not anymore. More and more brands are offering glasses to fit the generally smaller faces of women as well as glasses with feminine styling that makes a positive fashion statement too.

Consider the following Women’s Safety Glasses with options that provide both sun protection and impact protection too and that are also made especially for the size, fit and fashion needs of women.

In addition to these styles made specifically for women, many manufacturers are also joining the fight against breast cancer by donating a percentage of purchase of select glasses to breast cancer research and awareness. Those include the following:

Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month presents an excellent opportunity for women who care so diligently for the health and wellness of others to take some time to pay specific attention to their own eye health and safety. Start by assessing current approaches using the general eye health points above, then find sunglasses specifically designed to meet the eye needs of women. Use this focus as an starting point for a year-round approach to eye health.