Posts Tagged ‘high cholesterol’

Metabolic Syndrome Raises Risk Of Glaucoma

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Giant Burger

Metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke; has also been linked to increasing the risk of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss.  It generally occurs due to elevated pressure within the eye and has few, if any, symptoms until its more advanced stages.

A longitudinal cohort study published in Ophthalmology, included 2,182,135 members enrolled in a managed care network who received an eye examination between 2001 and 2007.  Data analysis showed the following increased risk of developing glaucoma:

  • High Cholesterol  5%
  • Obesity 15%
  • High Blood Pressure 17%
  • Diabetes 35%
  • Diabetes & High Blood Pressure 48%

Interested in determining your risk of glaucoma?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Eye Exams Are Good For Your Health

Monday, June 20th, 2011

eye chart

Eye examinations are for more than eyeglasses and contact lenses.  The first signs of  health problems are often detected during routine eye examinations.   A 2008 study by Vision Service Plan (VSP) and Human Capitol Mangement Services (HCMS) looked at claims data on 90,000 VSP members.  The purpose of the study was to determine how often an eye examination was the first to detect early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

First Diagnosis By Eye Exam

  • Diabetes 20%
  • High Blood Pressure 30%
  • High Cholesterol 65%

Need an eye exam?  Schedule with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.