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More Women Are Blind Than Men
According to a report by the Women's Eye Health Organization, blindness effects approximately 37 million people worldwide. More startling, is that of the 1 million people legally blind in the U.S., 700,000 are women and of the 3.4 million people who are visually impaired, 2.3 million are women.
Chairwoman of Women's Eye Health, Dong Feng Chen, a medical doctor with a doctorate in neurobiology, said while age, hormonal changes and economic/social standing factor in the high precedence of eye health issues in women, autoimmune diseases are another issue, since women are prone to them and many have an eye health component, such as glaucoma and dry eye. Other serious eye health conditions include cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Read the full article here:http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/wellness/living-being/2015/04/04/lb-womens-eye-health/25307949/
The reason for the disparity appears to be linked to several key factors, but it underscores the important of routine eye exams. Many of these conditions, if caught early enough, can be treated. If you have any questions about your eye health, contact the Gordy EyeCare Team
image credit: Arielle0627 on flickr
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 written by Gordy EyeCare Team
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