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  • elk_1l elk_1l Dec 11, 2012 5:02 PM Flag

    OT: Vision Problems Rising Rapidly in the U.S.

    WebMD Medical News

    The findings also appear in the Dec. 12 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association.


    Good article but won't post. Google it.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    • Thanks Elk!

    • Elk, good find, thanks.

    • Beginning of the article:


      The diabetes and obesity epidemics may be fueling a dramatic rise in the number of people with vision problems, a new study suggests.

      Rates of vision problems that can’t be treated with glasses or contact lenses, known as nonrefractive vision problems, increased by 21% between two survey periods: 1999 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008. The findings suggest that as many as 700,000 more people developed these types of vision problems in a short amount of time.

      Nonrefractive vision problems include glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetes-related eye disease. They are caused by underlying diseases. Many of these diseases are age-related and would not be expected to increase among young people. Diabetes, however, is occurring in younger and younger people.

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