According to a study published last year in the Journal of American Medical Association, nonrefractive vision problems – those vision problems that cannot be treated with glasses or contacts – are on the rise, fueled by the diabetes and obesity epidemic. In fact, the number of nonrefractive vision problems increased by 21% (more than 700,000 people) between two survey periods: 1999 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008.
“The increasing diabetes prevalence in the U.S. is leading to more vision loss,” according to David S. Friedman, MD, PhD, MPH, the director of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
Friedman and his fellow researchers analyzed data from a large national database in 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. The only risk factor that increased along with the prevalence of nonrefractive vision problems was diabetes.
“The number of people who have had diabetes for more than 10 years has more than doubled in the last six or seven years,” said Friedman.
If current diabetes rates continue, we will continue to see instances of nonrefractive vision problems increase, according to Friedman. Preventing diabetes and losing weight is the first step in preserving vision. The second step is regular eye exams.
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