Women are affected by visual impairment and blindness more than men. Why? There are many reasons but the three most common ones are listed below:
- Most vision problems are age-related including cataracts and macular degeneration. Women suffer more from vision loss, mainly because they usually live longer than men.
- Hormones can play apart especially during pregnancy and after menopause. Pregnant woman often has temporary eye conditions that include: diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment caused by high blood pressure, refractive errors, swollen eyelids, and dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome increases for women who are post-menopausal.
- Women are three times more likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Vision problems are severe side effects that can occur from these illnesses.