January is National Eye Care Month, and in celebration of sight, we’ve decided to provide you with the information you need to keep your vision healthy. One of the most important bits of knowledge we can give you this month is that in order to maintain good vision health, you must maintain good overall health.
Poor vision is sometimes hereditary, but often it is brought on by poor health choices in many aspects of your life. For example, did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the United States?
Oftentimes, the retinal blood vessels in diabetic individuals will swell or leak, causing irreversible damage to the retina. Other times, abnormal blood vessels will grow on the retina of diabetic persons. Both of these scenarios—each a result of diabetic retinopathy—are common side effects of diabetes, and result in severe vision loss or blindness.
Vision loss by diabetes can be prevented, though. By taking care of yourself through exercise, diet and medications, you can control your diabetes and reduce your risk of lasting damage—to not just your eyesight, but to your heart, kidneys and limbs as well.
Low vision, glaucoma and cataracts can also be prevented if caught early on, and with the right treatment plan. To learn more about the causes of eye disease, how to prevent it, and how to treat it, visit: http://www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes/content/english/faq.asp
Wiley Long is President of HSA for America, and a passionate advocate for consumer-based solutions that will improve price transparency and lower health insurance and medical costs for people purchasing individual and family health insurance plans.