Prevent Blindness America Launches “See Jane See”
New Online Educational Resource and Awareness Campaign Just For Women
It’s a fact: women are at significantly greater risk of blindness or visual impairment than men. This is according to the 2012 study: Vision Problems in the US (www.visionproblemsus.org) which revealed that 66% of those experiencing blindness are women, 61% of those suffering with cataracts are women and 65% of those with Age-Related Macular Degeneration are women. What is the reason for this discrepancy between the genders and why are so few talking about it? The causes for these conditions, including age, hormonal factors and certain autoimmune diseases, are often very different for women than for men and the precautions and treatments may differ as well.
On October 15, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) addressed these issues with the launch of “See Jane See – Women’s Healthy Eyes Now” an educational campaign dedicated solely to women’s vision health. See Jane See and the dedicated website, www.seejanesee.org will offer free information and downloadable tip sheets created specifically for women on a variety of issues across the age spectrum such as Dry Eye, Cosmetics Safety, Pregnancy, Vision and Nutritional Supplements, and age-related eye disease. Information will also include symptoms, causes and treatment options for a variety of conditions.