Navigation Links
Age-Related Eye Disease on the Increase
Date:4/5/2008

Women face twice the risk of losing sight that men do during senior years

SATURDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) -- Twice as many women as men in the United States are diagnosed with vision-threatening eye disease every year, but the numbers are increasing for both genders as the baby boomer generation enters its golden years, a newly updated report shows.

The study, from the Prevent Blindness America and the government-backed National Eye Institute, found that of more than 3.6 million Americans aged 40 and older who suffer from visual impairment, including blindness, 2.3 million are women. Potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy strike women in some cases almost twice as much as men.

"Some may be under the impression that losing vision is just a simple part of the aging process, but these numbers include many women in their 40s," Daniel D. Garrett, senior vice president of Prevent Blindness America, said in a prepared statement. "It's never too early to start caring for our eyes, and we strongly encourage women to make eye health a priority for themselves and their families today."

The report shows age-related eye disease has risen for both sexes, but especially among women, who represent more than 1.3 million of the more than 2 million Americans aged 50 and older that have age-related macular degeneration.

And, approximately 6 million women and 3 million men have moderate to severe symptoms of dry eye syndrome, a condition caused when not enough natural tears are produced, according to the National Women's Health Resource Center. Postmenopausal and pregnant women are most at risk because of hormonal fluctuations, and without proper lubrication, their corneas can become damaged.

"Fortunately, there is a simple way for women to protect their vision: Get regular eye care," Garrett said.

More information

Prevent Blindness America has more about eye disease.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Prevent Blindness America, news release, March 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Verizon Awards $1.5 Million Grant to Expand American Foundation for the Blinds Web Site for Seniors With Age-Related Vision Loss
2. Model to study age-related macular degeneration could pave way for better treatment
3. Optherion Licenses Worldwide Rights to Develop Age-Related Macular Degeneration Diagnostics Based on Chromosome 10 Genetic Variations
4. Activating protein enhances average lifespan, limits age-related disease in mice
5. Mouse Model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Developed
6. Age-Related Macular Degeneration Doubles Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
7. Study Finds Potential Cause of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
8. Smoking may strongly increase long-term risk of eye disease
9. Pot bellies linked to early signs of cardiovascular disease
10. Anemia and tropical diseases; Is pharmacogenomics ready for the clinic?
11. Radiologists encouraged to look beyond cancer for clinically unseen diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... “The Angel”: a heartwarming and earnest tale of ... of his children. “The Angel” is the creation of published author, Marjorie Lund-Fontaine, a ... and impassioned writer. , When asked of her new book, Marjorie says, “‘The Angel’ ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... D R Burton Healthcare ... device, was featured in a study indicating superior performance against competitive products in ... of Three Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Devices During Simulated Breathing“ was published in ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Knowledge is ... be guided by faith. “Knowledge is God’s Lighthouse” is the creation of published author, ... cookbooks, novels, and poetry collections. , “I have been writing since high school ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Today, the Centers for ... in four of CMS’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017. Clinicians who participate in ... APMs are an important part of the Administration’s effort to build a system that ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Wells ... facility enhancement of their 503A compounding pharmacy located in Ocala, Florida. , ... physicians and patients throughout the United States for high-quality human anti-aging and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... 2017  Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. announced today ... Inc., a privately held medical device company ... used in operating rooms worldwide. The acquisition ... energy devices with Megadyne,s innovative portfolio of ... in Ethicon,s goal to deliver the most ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... DUBAI , VAE, January 20, 2017 ... den stark gestiegenen Bedarf an Nothilfe   Die ... um Platz für Hilfsgüter zu schaffen   ... Vizepräsident und Premierminister der VAE sowie Herrscher von ... Umfang der internationalen Stadt der Hilfe (International Humanitarian City ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017 The Global Therapy Partnering ... access to partnering deals and agreements entered into by ... partnering deals - Top deals by value - Deals ... technology type The report provides understanding and access ... the world,s leading healthcare companies. The report provides ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: