“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. That is the saying, but at De Jongh Optometry we would like to let all beholders see beautifully!
August is Women’s Month and we are going to focus our attention on all the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters. With our cutting-edge technology it is quite easy to diagnose and treat eye conditions. Both our practices have an inviting and calm atmosphere that will suit all our ladies – the complete opposite of the hustle and bustle of Gauteng lifestyle.
Research suggests that women are prone to have more eye related conditions than men. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Women live longer than men
Because women are living longer, we are naturally more susceptible to developing diseases or complications regarding the ageing process of the eye, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma.
2. More women than men have untreated refractive errors
In addition to major eye diseases, women are also more likely to have untreated refractive errors, including near-sightedness (or myopia), far-sightedness (or hyperopia), and astigmatism. These refractive errors can cause significant vision problems – especially poor night vision – but can be treated with glasses or contact lenses. Visit our practice for the latest fashion trends on frames and also consider a contact lens consultation to determine your suitability for contact lens options!
3. More women than men have Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome can result in decreased vision as well as irritation, redness and pain. The eyes are lubricated by the production of tears & the glands of the eyelids contribute an important component to tears to make them more effective. Dry Eye Syndrome can result from both a decreased volume of tear production as well as abnormal tear composition.
Increasing numbers of research studies suggest that the glands of the eyes and eyelids are affected by hormonal issues. As women age, and especially as they reach menopause, they can experience hormonal imbalances that are thought to contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome.
According to the National Eye Institute Dry Eye Fact Sheet, “Dry eye is more common after menopause. Women who prematurely experience menopause are more likely to have eye surface damage from dry eye.”
Chronic dry eye is an often unrecognised, unattended part of the ageing process and is quickly becoming an important public health issue with regards to the impact on quality of life. Chronic dry eye occurs in both men and women – however, women are affected two to three times more often.
De Jongh Optometry provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment strategies to effectively manage this dynamic disease process.
Products we can recommend specifically for ladies:
- RCC – RoadClearCoat is an anti-glare coating specifically designed for improved night vision, especially when driving during low light conditions.
- BlueControl – LCD and LED computer and television screens, smartphones, tablets and GPS devices all emit blue light, also known as high energy visible light. As the quality of such screens improves continuously, the blue light emission also increases. Although blue light in itself is a natural phenomenon – it is present in daylight and helps us to stay awake – excessive amounts can have an adverse effect and cause eye strain and fatigue.
- SYSTANE® Lid Wipes are premium, pre-moistened eyelid cleansing wipes that can be used as part of a daily hygiene regimen. They are hypoallergenic and removes debris and eye makeup that can cause irritation. Each wipe is individually wrapped, so they are great for travel.
- We have the latest trends in woman’s eyewear and we encourage all our ladies to visit our practice during the month of August. Whether it is for your office, sport or leisure spectacles we will be able to assist you. Let the men in your life tag along, because although we are an ‘all-girls-team’ we know that their eye care is just as important!
- Daily Disposable Soft Contact Lenses: new technology has made it easy – now even the astigmatic eye or multifocal wearer can be helped with contact lenses.
Have a super Women’s Month and we look forward to seeing you at our practices!