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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word health? The gym?  A well-balanced meal? Less carbs, more protein, greens? Did eye health even cross your mind?

Did you know that two-thirds of all cases of blindness and visual impairment occur in women? This staggering percentage can be reduced, but how? While, no, there aren’t gym memberships for our eyes, there are some simple steps you can start right now to ensure the health and safety of your eyes:

  • Practice healthy eating,
  • Live an active lifestyle,
  • Schedule regular eye exams with an eye doctor.

Now, you don’t need anyone to tell you what to eat or how to work out, but paying attention to your body, and even your hormones, can do far more than boost your self-esteem. These small lifestyle changes can significantly impact your life—and your sight.

Dr. Michelle Calder-Cardwell, owner and lead optometrist at Urban Optiques Vision & Eyewear in Northville, Michigan, sheds some light on hormone changes and their effects on vision.

  • Hormones regulate important body functions that can affect the eyes, and when they change, so can your vision.
  • Once hormones stabilize, vision should stabilize as well, but it’s important to keep up with annual eye exams during these hormonal changes to keep eyes healthy, and this isn’t just for women.
  • Men and children’s eyes are impacted by hormonal changes as well.

Don’t worry, changes in hormone levels are typically normal and not cause for concern. However, if you experience unusual or sudden vision changes, it’s best to get a comprehensive eye exam where your eye doctor can perform an overall wellness check on your eyes.

Original article taken from April VSP Wellness Wire newsletter.

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