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Obesity Is a Major Factor in Vision Loss

Obesity is a major risk factor in both the onset and progression of several sight-threatening conditions. Despite this, a majority of the public is unaware of the link between obesity and vision loss. A recent study conducted by the Eyecare Trust found that only 8% of those surveyed connected obesity with vision loss. Individuals with excessive weight can suffer from pulmonary problems which in turn can cause permanent damage to the fragile blood vessels in the eyes. People with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 and above more than double their risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In addition, they substantially increase the likelihood of developing cataracts or glaucoma. To compound the problem, obese patients are less likely to have regular eye exams. In fact, those surveyed with a BMI of? 25 or more considered their eye health to be good. People dealing with obesity are encouraged to have regular eye exams to help monitor their eye health and avoid any loss of vision. Elise Ervin Staff Writer

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