Prevent Blindness Declares April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

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CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate women about the steps they can take to help preserve their vision.

According to the organization’s study titled, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” more women than men have eye disease, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

See Jane See: Women’s Healthy Eyes Now, a website presented by Prevent Blindness, provides free education and resources on everything from eye disease to cosmetic safety to vision changes during pregnancy. New information and data on a range of topics related to women’s vision health at every life stage can be found on the website. In addition, the site also features a section written by leading experts on various subjects—from the importance of eye exams to the effects smoking on vision.

New elements to the See Jane See resource include an expert entry from Sherrol A. Reynolds, OD, FAAO, associate professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, titled, “HIV and Your Eyes,” and a free downloadable fact sheet, “HIV/AIDS and The Eye,” explaining the effects that HIV may have on vision and eye health.

In recognition of April’s Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month OCuSoft Inc.—a privately-held eye and skin care company dedicated to innovation in eyelid hygiene and ocular health—has agreed to donate 10 percent of all online sales for the month of April.

For more information on women’s eye health, including fact sheets on eye diseases, eye protection, as well as financial assistance, visit www.preventblindness.org, www.SeeJaneSee.org, or call (800) 331-2020.