Many of you go to your primary care physician for an annual physical examination or your dentist at least twice a year to ensure the health of your teeth. There is one aspect of our health that most people forget…eyesight! According to the American Optometric Association, 80% of all the sensory information our brains receives comes from our eyes. The importance of our eyes to the quality of our life cannot be stressed enough, especially for women.
Over 65% of visual impairment and blindness occur in women, and every year, more women than men are diagnosed with eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dry Eye Syndrome is also more prevalent in women due to hormonal changes that occur in menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
A comprehensive eye exam is important to detecting the presence of systemic disease. One disease that frequently causes changes to the eye is diabetes. The most common diabetic eye condition, diabetic retinopathy, occurs when the vessels in the back of the eye leak fluid. Diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of adult blindness in the United States. Diabetic retinopathy has no pain or often no symptoms in the early stages. However, as the leakage gets worse serious visual problems or even blindness can result. Yearly dilated eye exams can detect these changes early so that treatment can begin before serious visual loss occurs.
The most important message to take from this is early detection and treatment of the eye disease can help decrease or eliminate your risk for permanent vision loss. Just remind yourself how precious the gift of sight is!
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