Studies show that women are more likely than men to suffer from sight-threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and glaucoma, PR Newswire reports.
May is Healthy Vision Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding women to take care of their eyes.Women make up 65 percent of AMD cases; 61 percent of glaucoma and cataract patients are women, and 66 percent of blind patients are women.
Why is this? Women tend to women live longer than men, and many eye problems are age-related. But some eye conditions, such as dry eye, are more common in women, no matter what their age. And social and economic factors affect women's access to eye care, especially in developing countries.
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