April – Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – Victor Hugo
It is a universal truth, age takes a toll on your eyesight and the worst thing is that nothing can be done to completely discard the effect of age. But, some measures such as healthy lifestyle, regular doctor visits, etc. can be taken to minimise the effect for sure.
It is a sad fact that 2/3 of blindness and visual impairment issues occur in women. Mostly because women tend to live longer than men and experience a roller coaster ride of hormones the whole life. Apart from affecting the moods, skin and weight, the ride of hormones also affects the vision.
April is celebrated as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month and contributing our bit to the awareness campaign, we bring you some facts on how eyes are affected by different phases of women’s life. Being aware is the first step towards fighting back.
- When a girl enters puberty
The increasing amount of oestrogen is to be blamed when any girl entering puberty experiences myopia, also known as near-sightedness. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet can reduce the impact of hormones. Make sure you include milk and green vegetables in your diet every day.
- While taking contraceptives or Hormone Replacement Therapy
When a woman has an active sex life, the usage of contraceptives or HRT is normal. It has been proven that the intake of contraceptives can increase the chances of cataract and dry eye in women. The medicines containing similar salts also promote blood clots, which might result in strokes which, in turn, results in vision problems.
- While pregnant
A lot of changes take place in a woman’s body when she is going through the pregnancy phase and eyes are not left out. Vision changes associated with pregnancy are usually temporary and reverse themselves after the baby is delivered. Puffy eyes, dry eye syndrome and light sensitivity are some issues women might face while carrying the baby. Migraines are also a common issue with pregnant women, which affect eyes to a great extent.
- With menopause
When menopause hits, the levels of oestrogen and progesterone decrease greatly resulting in dry eye syndrome and uveitis (inflammation in eye). Eating several fruits and vegetables in a day can help reduce the inflammation. Also, avoid processed food and ones with added preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
Apart from being aware of the consequences of hormonal imbalances, there are some measures that should be taken to ensure eye health.
- Do not forget to get your eyes checked at least once in a year.
- If you are pregnant, make sure you discuss all the vision changes with your doctor.
- Eat a healthy diet. Include vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids in the diet; they are the best friends of your vision.
- If you constant with smoking, give up on it today itself! It increases the chances of eye diseases drastically.
In return to all the beauty they help us see, all they demand is little care. Fulfill their small demands and watch them being your best friends forever!