A Look at Women’s Eye Health

Fact Sheets

Published 9/30/21
Eye Health

Vision impairment is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States, and the number of blind or visually impaired Americans is projected to double by 2050.

Women are disproportionately affected by some of the most common eye diseases. Eye conditions can also present or affect women differently across the lifespan. Some are linked to specific events like pregnancy and menopause, while others become increasingly common and burdensome with age.

This fact sheet from SWHR provides an overview of notable eye conditions in women, the financial burden of eye care and diseases, and policy actions to improve women’s eye health.

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