More women suffer from vision problems than men do.
A campaign called See Jane See is working to educate women on simple things you can do to keep eyesight intact throughout your life. Women face different issues with their vision at the various stages of their lives. The See Jane See campaign focuses on raising awareness about vision issues, specifically in women, so they can take important steps to decrease the risk of vision issues or even blindness later in life.
We often take our vision for granted, despite the fact that women are at a higher risk than men. Thankfully, See Jane See has complied a list of the most important things women can do to to keep their vision protected!
- Get A Dilated Eye Exam: Your eye doctor can get a lot of information from this type of exam. Quite a few of the common vision problems can been seen in their earliest stages during a dilated eye exam. It's quick and painless, so there's no reason to skip this part of the exam.
- Be Healthy: It's no surprise that being in good health will help your eyes. Make sure you are getting enough of the important vitamins, exercising and drinking plenty of water.
- Quit Smoking: If you're a smoker, there is no better time than now to quit. Studies show that smoking has been linked to a wide variety of vision issues including macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and Dry Eye Syndrome.
- Wear UV-Blocking Sunglasses:. The "cheap" sunglasses are great, especially if you're prone to losing pair after pair, but they probably aren't giving your eyes the protection they need. Overexposure to the sun can be extremely harmful, so splurge for a decent pair of sunglasses that have UV protection.
- Learn Your Family History: If you have a history of glaucoma, cataracts or other vision issues, your doctor needs to know. Have a conversation with your parents (and grandparents, if you can) to see what vision problems they have, if any. Your doctor may perform different tests to check for issues if you have a history of vision problems.
- Use Cosmetics Safely: It's not the end of the world if your favorite eyeliner isn't entirely organic, but be careful with the application. Keep cosmetics away from areas that can get inside your eye. In the short term, getting cosmetics in your eye can cause irritation and infection and serious issues in the long run.
If you're 55 or older, you should get a dilated eye exam at least once every two years. If you have major health issues like diabetes, you should see a doctor more often, no matter what your age.
Learn more about See Jane See here.