(CNN) - Women are at higher risk for some eye diseases than men, and while ophthalmologists suggest that everyone over 40 gets a baseline exam, one group has designated April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.
"For those who have not had an eye exam, just realize that there are a lot of eye diseases out there and virtually all of them can be slowed or some even prevented if we do an annual eye exam and pick those conditions up," Dr. Barry Lee said.
According to a recent study by the group Prevent Blindness America, women more often than men have leading eye diseases and conditions that threaten their vision.
In fact, females are more likely to be visually impaired or blind.
Prevent Blindness America wants to educate women of this fact, although they stress the importance of baseline exams for everyone at 40.
There are other things people can do as they age to protect their vision:
- Follow a healthy diet: Include dark, leafy greens.
- Don't smoke.
- Always protect your eyes from UV rays.
- Make your doctor aware of any family history of eye disease.
- Doctors say good health is very important to maintaining good vision.