Monday, February 9, 2015

Obesity Increases Macular Degeneration Risk

As our ability to gather information and data and conduct detailed statistical analysis has evolved, we find that it is possible to look at associations between many different eye diseases and their risk factors. Researchers reviewing the Beaver Dam Eye Study evaluated the risk of age related eye disease such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) with obesity. They discussed their review in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science where they reported the results of eye exams that were used to evaluate the presence and severity of cataract and macular degeneration as well as measurements of height and weight over a 15 year period of time.  Their findings show that for females who were non smokers, there was indeed and increased risk of early and late stage age related macular degeneration (AMD) with an increasing Body Mass Index (BMI) which is an indicator of being overweight or obesity.

If you or someone you know is overweight or even obese and is concerned about their risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) they should call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser  to schedule an eye exam.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.