Additional Information from the American Academy of Ophtalmology
Getting an eye exam is an important part of staying healthy. But do you know when you should get an eye exam and what the exam should cover? Read up on the basics to get the right exam at the right time and ensure your vision lasts a lifetime.
Women are more likely than men to have glaucoma and women are also more likely to be visually impaired or blind due to glaucoma. Also, women are 24 percent less likely to be treated for glaucoma. Cataract is somewhat more common in women, as well. Women should be sure to follow the Academy’s screening guidelines and adhere to their ophthalmologist’s follow-up appointment recommendations and treatment plans.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's naturally clear lens. Your eye becomes like a window that is frosted or yellowed.
How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.