Women are at much greater risk of developing sight loss in their lifetime with one in four women against one in eight of men suffering. This is mainly due to women living longer than men and suffering longer with eye disease.
More women than men have age-relative macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. There is no cure for these eye diseases but the effects may be lessened with early detection and treatment. If you think you might be suffering from eye disease it is essential to see your optician asap. If you feel you can’t make a trip to see the optician then we can come and test your eyes in the comfort of your own home. Give us a call on 0203 418 8488 to find out more or visit our website at http://www.communitycareopticians.co.uk
25% of people in the UK are still failing to get an eye test every two years. The RNIB are concerned the problem of eye disease is going to get worse due to an ageing population and younger people ignoring their eye health.
75% of visual impairments are preventable or treatable. There are lots of ways in which women can help prevent eye disease or lessen the affects.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
You should aim to live a healthy lifestyle. This should include eating a balanced diet, keeping yourself at a healthy weight, stopping smoking, keeping out of the sun and taking regular exercise. Glaucoma is a hereditary disease so you can talk to your optician if you have close relatives suffering from glaucoma. Your optician will let you know if you are in an at-risk group.
If you have diabetes you will have an increased risk of retinopathy so make sure you get a yearly eye test to check for this. As you age you become more likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration.
If your eyes start hurting or itching then get some advice from your optician or pharmacist. You might have dry eye. This disease affects more women than men due to difference in hormonal levels.
Exposure to UV light increases the risk of eye disease so make sure you stay out of the sun and wear sunglasses. Cataracts and eye cancer can be increased by exposure to UV light.
Whether you are.a man or a woman you should get your eyes tested at least every two years. If you think you might have a problem or you are at risk of developing a particular eye disease then you might need to get checked yearly.
If you would like an eye test at home due to mobility problems or difficulty in getting to your usual optician, please give us a call on 0203 418 8488. We can come to your home and carry out the full NHS eye test. See our website at http://www.communitycareopticians.co.uk for more details.