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Did you know that two thirds of all people worldwide affected by vision loss are women?

According to the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, the reason for this is likely because women live longer than men and, therefore, are more susceptible to age-related eye disease.

At 90 and older, there are five times as many women living as men. Recent studies have shown that more women than men suffer from age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, the four leading eye diseases in the United States.Women are also at higher risk to develop sight-threatening autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

To educate women about the steps they can take to help stop vision loss, Prevent Blindness America has designated April asWomen’s Eye Health and Safety Month. They recommend that women age 40 and older make it a priority to have a dilated eye exam to help prevent vision loss. It is also important to have a dilated eye exam any time a change in vision is   detected. The physicians of Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida have been making these same recommendations to our community for more than three decades.

Retina Consultants also recommends the following things that you can do to help maintain good vision:

Monitor your vision: Check it often, and check it one eye at a time. If you notice a change in your vision, please notify your eye doctor right away.

Do not smoke: Smoking significantly increases the risk of complications with certain eye diseases, especially in women.

Eat a well-balanced diet: Eat leafy green vegetables, oily fish, and fruits. Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in slowing  down the progression of many eye diseases. If you choose to take vitamin supplements, please make sure to consult your doctor.

Exercise: This will aid in maintaining a healthy weight and good cardiovascular health. Obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can lead to specific vision complications.

Control your diabetes: If you have it-Uncontrolled diabetes can cause permanent damage to eye structures.

Wear sunglasses with UV protection:
This can slow down the progression rate of cataracts.

Educate yourself: About the possibility of a family history of eye disease and about eye diseases associated with your general health issues.

See your general medical doctor regularly: Routine physicals can lead to early diagnosis of potentially sight threatening diseases.

Want additional information? Check out WomensEyeHealth.org

 



The Vision Resource Center of Berks County (VRC) is pleased to announce the Second Annual Vision Expo, scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 10am-3pm at the Inn at Reading. This event will inform the community of resources that are available for those who are blind or visually impaired. The Expo will feature free vision screenings and many other services and opportunities for the blind, visually impaired, and their caregivers.

To showcase your business at the Expo with a booth or sponsorship, call 610-375-8407.

 

Eye Consultants of PA will again be the Event Sponsor the Vision Expo. Committee Chair, Kelli Gerth, from The Loomis Company, commented, “The Vision Expo was a tremendous event last year and this year it will be bigger and better! It is such an excellent resource for those who have their sight and those who have visual difficulties. Most people eventually experience some vision loss. This Expo will help people deal with their difficulties or be prepared when the impairments occur.”

Vision Resource Center, formerly Berks County Association for the Blind, has been providing services and resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Berks County and their families for over 85 years. Please call 610-375-8407 for additional information and opportunities.

Vision Resource Center provides programs and services to blind and visually impaired individuals in Berks County. Call 610-375-8407 for more information.  Make sure you like us on Facebook, too.

 

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