Obesity has reached epidemic proportions according to the World Health Organization. More than two-thirds of adults in the US are overweight or obese. There are many well-known health problems associated with being overweight, but most people are not aware that obesity can affect your vision and eye health as well. In fact, recent studies have shown that obese people are more likely to contract an eye disease
Obesity has been linked to glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. These conditions can lead to blindness.
Being overweight can cause extra pressure on the blood vessels in your eyes causing blurry vision. This intraocular pressure can also lead to glaucoma. Cardiovascular disease, often associated with obesity, is also a risk factor in developing cataracts.Type 2 diabetes, which can often be a result of a lack of weight control, can directly lead to diabetic retinopathy, and all of its related complications.