More Women Than Men Suffer Vision Loss

Bold Blind Beauty

Gender Differences On Eye Health

Audrey & Sophie (her guide dog) Audrey & Sophie

The following previously published article was written by fellow VisionAware Peer Advisor, Audrey Demmitt. 

We all know men are from Mars and women Venus. But you may be surprised to learn there are gender differences when it comes to eye health and vision loss. As a  nurse and a woman with a visual impairment, I was surprised to  learn there are more women than men who are blind or visually impaired. I have a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa and  have been legally blind since 1994. Though this condition is genetic and untreatable, there are many steps I take to preserve and protect my remaining vision. And I want to urge other women to take good care of their eyes so they will last a lifetime.

Women’s Eye Health Task Force reports that nearly two-thirds of all visually impaired and blind…

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