April 20, 2007

Women's Eye Health Concerns - April Is Women's Eye Health Safety Month

By Ruth Bird
Women, you often are the ones who take care of your family health concerns. Are you aware of how to protect your own eye sight? Hormonal changes, your age and smoking can affect your eye sight. You must make eye health a priority for yourself!
Fact: Over 3.4 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from visual impairment, and 2.25 million are women.
Fact: Women are more prone than men to AMD in particular, which destroys central vision, with 1 million of the 1.6 million cases diagnosed to females, according to the Vision Problems in the U.S. report by Prevent Blindness America (PBA) and the National Eye Institute. Women also suffer from more cataract problems than men.
Eye diseases are on the rise in North America. One reason is the ageing factor, people live longer. The older one gets, the more the eyes will degenerate. Women often outlive men, and therefore, the increase of eye disease in women. Obesity, lack of exercise, stress and a bad diet all help to determine the health of your eyes.
Make eye health a priority. Read and research on natural, alternative ways to help maintain eye health. If you do have a condition and have not seen your eye doctor, do so right away, early detection is a top priority in treating disease.
Some conditions to be aware of, and see your doctor about:
Chronic dry eye syndrome: Do you rub your eyes a lot. Do they feel gritty? If yes, see your doctor.
Optic Neuritis: The patient may notice blurred or distorted vision, reduced color vision, or a blind spot.
Pregnancy: If you are pregnant you must let your doctor know of any pre existing eye conditions you have.
Macular holes: Macular holes also affect women more than men - especially those over the age of 50. Traction from the vitreous jelly inside the eye adheres to the retina and pulls at it, creating a small hole in the retina that takes away the center of a patient's vision. Early symptoms include blurry or distorted vision.
Your thyroid and diabetes can also affect your eyes. There are “natural, alternative” ways to help keep, strengthen or regain the health of your eyes.
And, I suggest you always check with an eye professional first. Never take the health of your eyes into your own hands by performing your own diagnosis. And, never let a non professional tell you how to deal with conditions of your eyes. Listen to those who give you advice, and learn, but always seek PROFESSIONAL advice before you embark on a plan, always.
As women, we need to be aware of the conditions that can affect us. First step, is make sure you have the proper medical advice and diagnosis, then, to help yourself further, also check into alternative ways to improve your condition.
Ruth is actively involved with the internet and she finds it very exciting. Her passions are people and pet health. She is a wife, a stepmom a dog owner and a business person. She is married for almost 30 years to Chris who has been, and still is, battling the monster MS. Naturally Rebuilding Vision is a new interest Ruth has delved into.
Her About Page http://www.mimfreedom.com/aboutus.htm
Her Vision Page: http://www.rebuild-your-vision.com
Another Vision Site: http://www.mimfreedom.com/2006/Vision
Article Source: EzineArticles

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Any condition affecting the eye. Eye conditions can affect the eyelids, eyelashes, iris, pupil, lens and the sclera. There are also nerves, muscles and blood vessels that can be affected by a condition. Some conditions that can affect the eye include astigmatism, glaucoma and retinopathy.


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