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article imageApril is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month

By Tim Sandle     Apr 7, 2014 in Health
Atlanta - According to the U.S. CDC, April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month. This year there are two themes: ‘Eye Safety at Work’ and ‘Healthy Vision: Make It Last a Lifetime.’
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) host a number of national health observances. This April sees women’s eye health take center stage. The focus on women is because women account for two-thirds of people in the world affected by visual impairments and blindness even though they represent only 53 percent of the population.
With eye safety at work, the CDC notes that each day about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. About one third of the injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days of lost work.
For the second area, healthy vision, the CDC recommends that people have a dilated eye exam regularly to check for common eye problems. The CDC sees healthy vision as part of a healthy lifestyle. People with vision problems are more likely than those with good vision to have diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, high blood pressure, lower back pain and stroke, as well as have increased risk for falls, injury and depression.
According to the Berkeley Eye Center, Risk factors for vision problems in women include:
Poor nutrition.
Women often undergo vision changes during different stages of their lives. For example, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can lead to dry eye syndrome, and fertility treatments may cause light sensitivity due to migraines, dry and puffy eyes, and changes in eyesight. This means that regular eye checks for women are very important.
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