Skip to main content
Home » News and Events » What All Women Should Know About Health and Vision

What All Women Should Know About Health and Vision

Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease among the female population is increasingly common, particularly in aging women. Actually, studies indicate that large numbers of women going through middle age experience some degree of eyesight impairment, and risk developing conditions like dry eyes, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. It's interesting to note that the risk of women experiencing vision impairments has increased as a result of women's growing longevity.

As a woman, the first step you can take to maintain strong sight is to schedule a periodic eye exam. Be sure to go get a full eye checkup before you turn 40, and that you don't forget to follow up with the advice your eye care professional recommends. Secondly, be aware of your family history, as your genetics are a highly relevant detail of understanding, diagnosing and stopping eye conditions. Don't forget to find out about your family's eye and health history and inform your doctor of any conditions present themselves.

In addition, maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet and don't forget to include foods rich in zinc, omega-3 fats and beta carotene, all which help guard from eyesight loss as a result of eye disease. If possible, you should also take vitamin C, riboflavin and vitamin A supplements, which are all great starting points to managing optimal eye care.

For women who smoke, make a commitment to quit, because even second-hand smoke can increase the risk of eye disease and is a common factor in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. UV rays, which can also lead to the development of cataracts and AMD, are very harmful for your vision. When you go outside, and during the summer AND winter, don't forget to put on 100% UV protective sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat that will shield your eyes from harsh rays.

Changes in hormone levels, such as those that occur due to pregnancy or menopause, can also influence your vision. Often, these changes can even make contacts ineffective or slightly painful to wear. If you're pregnant, you may want to shorten lens wearing time and update your eyeglass prescription as needed. It's worthwhile to make an appointment with your eye care professional during your pregnancy to discuss any eyesight or vision changes you may be experiencing.

There are also several precautions to take to shield your eyes from household dangers, like domestic cleaners. Check that household chemicals, including cleaners, paints and fertilizers are stored safely and are locked away from young children. Scrub your hands thoroughly after touching all chemicals and use eye protection when employing the use of toxic chemicals. Wear safety goggles when repairing things at home, most importantly when working with potentially dangerous objects or tools.

When used irresponsibly, eye makeup can also be a safety risk for your eyes. Particularly when it comes to eye makeup, you should never use anyone else's cosmetics. Avoid using old eye makeup and dispose of anything that's older than four months, especially cosmetics that are aqueous. Look out for abnormal reactions and cease use immediately if you see redness, itchiness or puffiness in or near the eyes. Be aware also that you can actually develop allergies to make up you've been fine with for years. Also, be sure to avoid actual contact with the eye when applying eyeliners, shadows and mascara.

Women need to be aware of the risks and considerations when it comes to caring for your eyes. And of course, it can't hurt to inform the other women in your life, like your daughters and friends, about how to protect their eye and vision health.


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team