December 30, 2012

20-39 Age Group Hit Hardest

1 Obesity, Diabetes Causing Early Vision Loss

Rapidly growing numbers of Americans are suffering vision loss due to diabetes, which experts cite as one more side-effect of the obesity epidemic. A Johns Hopkins study comparing eye disease rates in two three-year periods (1999-2002 and 2005-2008) found that the proportion of Americans with uncorrectable vision worse than 20/40 had soared by 21 percent in just a few years, increasing the number of victims of such vision failure by almost 700,000. Among long-term diabetics, the rate of vision loss doubled in that time. Most disturbing was that a disease generally associated with old age saw its biggest rate increase among those aged 20 to 39, for whom it should be a rarity. Given that national diabetes rates have doubled since 1990, eye failure rates are expected to also climb.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Diet May Protect Aging Eyes

Tags: Vision Loss, Obesity and Vision Loss, Diabetes and Vision Loss, Premature Vision Loss, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Growing Rates of Vision Loss

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