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Only 1 in 10 women know that they face risks to their eyes

By Tim Sandle     Apr 13, 2014 in Health
A new national survey has revealed that only 9 percent of U.S. women realize that women are at greater risk of permanent vision loss than men. This news comes during a month dedicated to women’s eye health issues.
According to the survey, 86 percent of women incorrectly believe that men and women are at equal risk and 5 percent believe that men are at greater risk. The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of Prevent Blindness from January 24-28, 2014 among 2,039 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
The survey was sponsored by Prevent Blindness, a national non-profit organization, to gain insight into the public’s perceptions about women's eye and vision health. The is helping to promote the importance of educating women about the vision related symptoms, conditions and treatments unique to them.
The data illustrating women’s risk factors is available on a special website called Vision Problems in the U.S. It is revealed that 66 percent of those experiencing blindness are women, 61 percent of those suffering with cataracts are women and 65 percent of those with Age-Related Macular Degeneration are women: their figures almost double that of their male counterparts.
As the Digital Journal has reported, this month 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.’
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