Did you know that women are more likely to have vision problems than men?1 And were you also aware that two-thirds of blindness and other visual impairments worldwide occur in women?2 This is due to the fact that women often live longer than men and experience hormonal fluctuations during their lives.3 This Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is a great time to learn more about what risks affect women’s eye health, and what women can do to maintain a healthy vision.

Despite the increased risk of vision problems in women such as glaucoma, cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are preventative measures you can take to keep your eyes healthy.4 Here are a few tips to help protect your vision:5

• Wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a brimmed hat when you’re outdoors

• Take time to learn of any family history of eye disease

• Make sure to use cosmetics safely

• Schedule a regular eye exam to monitor your vision, especially if you have diabetes or gestational diabetes

• Use contact lenses safely

• Reduce your sodium and caffeine intake

• Maintain a healthy diet filled with water, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and zeaxanthin

• Quit smoking to reduce the chances of eye disease

• If you are expecting, be aware of any possible vision changes during your pregnancy

At LifeMap, we understand the importance of taking care of your vision, which is why we offer both individual and group vision plans to make it as easy as possible for you to get regular eye exams and keep your eyes healthy. You can visit our individual vision plan or group vision plan page to learn more about our available options.

1(Friends for Sight, 2014)

2(Friends for Sight, 2014)

3Friends for Sight, 2014)

4(Friends for Sight, 2014)

5Tips compiled from seejanesee.preventblidness.org and friendsforsight.org