NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) is celebrating International Women’s Day by looking at types of sight loss women should be aware of and what they can do to protect their sight. According to the WHO, two-thirds of global blindness and visual impairments occur in women, they make up 65% of AMD patients and 61% of those with glaucoma and cataracts. Today is the perfect time to urge women to seek help if they have noticed changes in their sight.
June Tinsley, Head of Communications and Advocacy says,
“Sight loss can affect anyone from any walk of life, any gender, any age, but if we look at it a little more closely, it is clear women are at far greater risk than men. Women’s vision can be affected by pregnancy, menopause or because of wearing make-up. Keeping up to date with eye tests and seeking medical advice as soon as you find changes in your vision can make a big difference in the long run. We want women to know that no matter what stage they are at in life, if they are experiencing difficulty with their sight, NCBI is there for you.”
We encourage all women to give themselves the ultimate self-care gift by taking some time to protect their eye health, book an eye test, throw out your old mascaras, or if you would like more advice and support regarding your eye health contact NCBI’s helpline on 1850 33 43 53.
Read more in our blog post here.