Women’s Health: Tips for Vision Care
What Are the Barriers to Accessing Eye Health Services?
What Is an Eye Health Screening?
How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?
- Conditions that can affect vision, including diabetes and high blood pressure
- Present symptoms, such as double vision, dry eye, light flashes and floaters
- Family history of eye diseases
- History of potential harmful behaviors, such as smoking
- Hazardous work environment
Can Eye Health Be Improved?: Best Practices for Protecting Vision
Hygiene and Proactive Vision Care
- Practice proper contact lens hygiene to reduce risk of complications. For more information, see the CDC’s “Protect Your Eyes” page.
- Do not smoke, which can increase the risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and vascular problems.
- To relieve dry eyes, use artificial tears, which are available over the counter; look for preservative-free versions, which also prevent bacteria.
- Make sure to clean eyes regularly to reduce the irritation caused by makeup.
- Keep in mind that botulinum toxin (BoNT), or Botox, can lead to dry eyes. Hartnett recommends seeing an ophthalmologist for these procedures around the eyes.
- Use protective eyewear when playing outdoor sports and watching fireworks or firecrackers.
- Always wear a hat outside in the sunlight and sunglasses in reflective light—not just in summer months.
- Avoid looking at the sun, especially during an eclipse. If you do, you need special protection with certified lenses.
Foods to Promote Eye Health
Where to Learn More About Eye Health and Vision Care
- Eye Care America: Information about affordable vision care and volunteer opportunities
- Global Burden of Disease: Health data on eye conditions and more across countries, time, age and sex
- The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision Atlas: Vision loss data on the global community
- Society for Women’s Health Research: Resources and research on biological sex differences in disease
- Women’s Eye Health: Education on women’s vision issues and resources