By Holly Firfer
(CNN) — April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and with that in mind, it’s important to note that women are at higher risk for some eye diseases than men and the overwhelming majority aren’t aware of their increased risk.
“For those who have not had an eye exam, just realize that there are a lot of eye diseases out there, and virtually all of them can be slowed down or sometimes even prevented if we do an annual eye exam and pick those conditions up,” explained Dr. Barry Lee, an ophthalmologist.
According to the group, Prevent Blindness America, women – more often than men – have leading eye diseases. In fact, females are more likely to be visually impaired or blind.
A recent Harris poll shows that less than 1 in 10 women are aware of their increased risk of permanent vision loss. Prevent Blindness America wants to educate women of this fact, although they stress the importance of baseline exams for everyone at age 40.
Here are some other things all people can do as they age to protect their vision:
- Follow a healthy diet; include dark, leafy greens.
- Don’t smoke
- Always protect your eyes from UV rays
- Make sure your doctor is aware of any family history of eye disease.
They say good health is important to maintaining good vision.