Did you know that women are more likely than men to develop eye and vision problems? Or that 66 percent of people who are blind are women?  That’s why we at Horizon Family Medical Group want you to help us spread the word in April about Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.
If you or a loved one haven’t had an eye exam in a while, April is a perfect time to come in.
Contact Dr. Michael Sayegh today to make an appointment:
Dr. Michael Sayegh
Cornwall, NY | 845-534-5800
Goshen, NY | 845-360-5947
Newburgh, NY | 845-561-4274
Why are women at greater risk?
Women are at a greater risk for developing eye and vision problems for a variety of reasons. According to FriendsForSight.org, many of these reasons are linked to “hormonal fluctuations during their lives that negatively affect their eyes.”  Women also live longer than men, on average. Age and the reasons below are part of what makes women more susceptible to eye problems:
According to FriendsForSight.org, these are some of the reasons women develop more eye problems:
- Birth control or HRT therapy
- Fertility drugs
- Breast cancer
- Some autoimmune diseases
How can I decrease my chances of developing eye problems?
Women can take a number of steps to decreases the odds of developing problems. Here are a few:
- Get an eye exam every year.
- Eat healthy.
- Stop smoking.
Here’s a great video from PreventBlindness.org that provides more information about women’s eye health and safety: