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Most women understand how important it is to visit the doctor regularly so they can stay healthy and feel their best. However, many don't realize this means having their eyes checked as well. This is especially important for women since they are more likely than men to suffer from eye-related diseases and conditions such as:
Unfortunately, many women don't know about this heightened risk and are not doing enough to care for their healthy sight.
This lack of action can lead to staggering healthcare costs down the road. Plus, people with vision problems are more likely to miss work and to suffer from headaches, eyestrain, and fatigue that may keep them from performing at their full potential, on and off the job.
Not only are women at greater risk for many eye diseases, they are also at risk for several overall health conditions that impact their vision. These include:
MS often causes temporary burning in the eyes or vision loss. Meanwhile, Sjögren's, which dries out moisture-producing glands in the body, causes the most eye-related disease. Of the one million people in the United States with Sjögren's, 90 percent are women.
The risks to eye health in women can be prevented. Keep your sight healthy by visiting your VSP network eye doctor regularly.
Source: Transitions Optical, Inc.