Less than ten percent know the odds.
While women are at significantly greater risk of permanent vision loss from cataracts and macular degeneration, fewer than ten percent are aware of the statistics, according to a Harris Poll survey. Some 86 percent of women incorrectly believe that men and women are at equal risk and five percent believe that men are at greater risk, although earlier studies have revealed that women are actually almost twice as likely to suffer from disease-related blindness. Prevent Blindness, which sponsored the survey, is releasing the data as part of April’s Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The non-profit organization has created a new program to provide free education and resources for women on everything from eye disease to cosmetic safety to vision changes during pregnancy.