Obesity is a risk factor for eye diseases

Zohar Habot-Wilner*, Michael Belkin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Obesity is the most prevalent metabolic disease in developed countries and its prevalence rates worldwide are increasing rapidly. The disease is associated with a considerably enhanced morbidity in many body systems as well as mortality. This article reviews the effects of obesity on the four major blinding eye diseases: age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma, and shows that obesity is a significant risk factor for these diseases and hence to blindness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-809+821
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Eye diseases
  • Glaucoma
  • Obesity


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