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April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month. While most women are spending the month working from home, some who provide essential services still go to their offices. The COVID-19 virus should however not stop women from understanding how important their eyes are and how to take care of them.

Women are at a higher risk of blindness and visual impairment. Because they live longer, they are at a higher risk of age-related macular disease, cataracts and glaucoma. Hormonal changes can also affect their vision and they are at risk of autoimmune conditions which usually have visual side effects.

Knowing this, how can women take care of their eyes:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Try to get as much green leafy vegetables in your meals daily. Eat oily fish like tuna and salmon. Nonmeat protein like eggs, beans and nuts are also very important.
  • Exercise to maintain your weight and avoid chronic conditions like diabetes. Try jumping jacks, skipping and push-ups if where you live doesn’t have a lot of space. Dance. Make sure you move your entire body and sweat daily.
  • Avoid unhealthy junk food. The eateries might be closed but avoid taking too many sugary drinks and foods at home. If you bake at home, try to make healthy recipes with less sugar and margarine.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Wear sunglasses with excellent ultraviolet protection when you go out in the sun to stretch your legs or get groceries. Don’t stay in the sun for long.
  • Protect your eyes with safety goggles when doing household chores or anything that involves sparks, flying debris or chemicals.
  • Get a dilated eye exam at least once a year. If you’ve never had one schedule one as soon as the pandemic is over. This exam helps you know the state of your vision and whatever you need to do to maintain or improve it.

When women know how important their eyes are, they are better equipped to take care of them. Contact us with any further questions about your eyes, we are available online and on phone.

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