3 Myths About Eye Health for Women Over 60.
In honor of Cataract Awareness Month this June, I would like to encourage everyone to be proactive and get educated about eye health, break through the myths about eye health that prevent us from taking action, and learn more about the emotional impact cataracts can have on patients and their loved ones.
Likewise, women are at a higher risk than men of developing AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration (2)), refractive errors (which occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina (3,4)) and even blindness (5).
Myth 2: Deteriorating Vision is an Inevitable Part of Aging, and Nothing can be Done About it Our perceptions of “normal aging” are colored by what we see in the media.
The more we believe that eye problems are inevitable after 60, the less likely we will be to take the proactive steps necessary to protect our vision.
There’s nothing I could have done about it anyway!” In reality, we have more control over our eye health and treatment than we think.
For example, if you have cataracts and astigmatism (a common vision condition that causes blurred vision due to a curvature in the eye lens or an irregularly shaped cornea (7)), ask your doctor about a treatment that can correct both conditions at once.
If you’re interested in learning more about the signs and symptoms of cataracts and available treatment options, you can visit www.MyCataracts.com to get the facts on cataracts, and learn about treatment options.
Myth 3: By Our Age, the Damage Has Already Been Done Talking with the women in our community, I have found that, when it comes to healthy aging, most of us fall into one of two camps.
Facts about Cataracts.