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Women are at higher risk than men for eye diseaseWhile everyone is susceptible to eye diseases, women are at a higher risk than men, especially during pregnancy and after menopause.  This means they need to be extra cautious about eye care.

Look Out For The Sun
All women should wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection whenever they're in the sun.  This is essential to protect the eyes from the sun's UV radiation, which can damage eye tissues.  Some medications, such as birth control pillls, tranquilizers, and certain sulfa-based medications, put eyes at extra risk from sun exposure.  If you take these, always be very cautious about exposing your eyes to sunlight.

Expecting Moms, Watch Your Diet
If you're expecting, protect your eye health by eating a well-balanced diet during pregnancy and if you have any vision problems, consult an eye doctor right away.  Changes in your vision could be a sign of other health problems.

Welcome Tears
Women, especially if they're pregnant or post-menopausal, are more susceptible to dry-eye syndrome.  With this condition, the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears are poor quality and evaporate quickly.   When this happens, the eyes sting or burn, feel scratchy, become irritated or tear excessively.  An eye doctor can prescribe appropriate treatment.

Blurry Vision: A Real Headache
Women who take birth control pills and experience blurred vision may also be at risk for migraine headaches.  An eye doctor will be able to tell you if these headaches can be alleviated with proper vision care.

Don't Lose Sight
Older women are at greater risk for developing macular degeneration, so make sure you consult an eye doctor if you have difficulty reading or need more light to see.  Other symptoms of macular degeneration are reduced peripheral vision or problems with colors.  Some studies show that high levels of antioxidants and zinc reduce the risk of vision loss from age-related macular degeneraiton (AMD) in women.

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