Is Weight Connected To Eyesight?

“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” This is the idea that pops into most women’s heads while deciding what to eat. We’re worried about our hips, our midsections, our thighs and that awful jiggle that occurs if you raise your arm at a weird angle. But not many of us take the time to realize that what we’re eating may affect something more than our bathroom scale: it may affect our eyesight.

Women at Higher Risk for Eye Diseases

According to Women’s Eye Health, on global level, nearly two out of every three people that are blind are women.  And certain eye diseases are inherently more common in women than men.  With that said, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to maintaining your optimal eye health. Believe it or not, diseases that are correlated with being overweight or obese strongly affect your eyes, too. Diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and cataracts have all been linked to obesity. Not just that, but they put your eyesight and health in general at risk.

Eye Diseases Linked to Diet

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. It’s the direct cause for diabetic retinopathy, and all individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at risk. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association, 54 million Americans, ranging from ages 40 to 74, are pre-diabetic, which puts them at high risk for type 2 diabetes, which then puts their vision at risk. The problems caused by all these diseases, not just diabetes, inadvertently effect your eyesight.  And you have to ask yourself, is it really worth it? Is continuing to live an unhealthy lifestyle worth risking one of your five senses?

How to Eat for Better Vision

Eating healthier can not only prevent eye disease but it can event promote good eye health. Eating food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and leafy green vegetables provide your eyes with the nutrients they need to be healthier. Treating your body well will ensure the health of not just your vision but your health. To learn more or to find your local America’s Best store to schedule your next eye exam, visit us

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4 Responses

  1. jack kzzinsky says:

    had an eye exam on aug. 8 12 called aug. 16 12 they said that my glasses
    where finished on aug 15 and in route to the office on aug. 17 they still
    had not made it to the office

  2. Mary Pressel says:

    What about tri-focal lenses. Just needing one pair and have perscription from my doc.

    • Claire Rozeman says:

      Hi Mary, You can purchase tri-focal lenses from your local America’s Best store with your prescription. We suggest stopping in to visit with an associate to determine the best frames and lenses for you.

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