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Eye/Overall Health Connection

The eyes and body are connected in so many ways.

Many chronic medical conditions that impact overall health, such as diabetes and hypertension, can also take a toll on the eyes.

Focus on Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease that impacts many parts of the body, including the eye. It can contribute to eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Early detection and treatment is important to minimize vision loss. In fact, more than 90 percent of severe vision loss and blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with proper eye care.

A comprehensive eye exam can detect these eye conditions, and even diabetes itself. Since blurred vision is one of the first symptoms of diabetes, and signs of diabetes are visible from changes seen in the back of the eye, an eye doctor is often the first health professional to detect the disease. Seeing an eye doctor regularly is a helpful way to keep tabs on your overall health, which is important, considering that nearly one quarter of diabetics don’t know they have the disease.

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UV and glare protection are especially important for diabetics because the disease may make them more prone to damage from the sun, and also more sensitive to everyday and bright light. Only 17 percent of diabetics know that the disease can make you sensitive to light, so most patients are not wearing the vision protection they need. Transitions® lenses can help to minimize glare and block UV rays, to help diabetics see more clearly and protect their eyes from long-term damage.

Watch this video about diabetes and the eyes to learn more.


Focus on Hypertension

Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension impacts the eye as well as the body. It can damage vessels that supply blood to the retina and create leakage in the eye. Without proper treatment, this can potentially lead to:

  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Blindness

Early detection of hypertension is possible through an eye exam, since the doctor can see signs of this leakage at the back of the eye.

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Hypertension can develop as a side effect of diabetes. Like common diabetes medications, certain medications used to treat hypertension can cause light sensitivity. For these reasons, UV-blocking, glare-minimizing photochromic lenses are often recommended to protect the eyes.

Watch this video about hypertension and the eyes to learn more.

Certain ethnicities have a higher risk for developing several eye diseases and other health conditions – such as hypertension – that can impact the eyes. Watch these videos to learn more about these risks for Hispanic Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans.

Medications and Your Eyes

You might not be aware of it, but non-prescription and prescription medications can affect your healthy sight.


Side effects for the eyes vary – from blurred vision to increased sensitivity to light. For example, several medications routinely prescribed to diabetic patients – including those for hypertension – can make the eyes more prone to UV damage, and can cause sensitivity to light and glare. They can also reduce contrast sensitivity, making it harder to see where one object begins and the other ends.

Certain medications can even contribute to the development of eye diseases, such as cataract and glaucoma. Be sure to talk to your primary care physician and eyecare professional about the medications you may be taking.

Watch this video to learn more.

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