THOUSANDS of overweight people across the York area are unaware that their obesity puts them at risk of going blind, an Acomb optometrist has warned.

Ruth Perrott said carrying excess weight caused pulmonary problems, which could lead to irrevocable damage to the delicate blood vessels in the eye.

“A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more doubles your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the UK’s leading cause of blindness, and significantly increases your chances of developing cataracts or glaucoma,” she said.

Ruth, of Ruth Perrott Community Optometrist, said: “While people are more likely to be aware of threat to eye health from factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or poor diet, they just don’t make the connection with obesity, which can also put people at risk of diabetic retinopathy, whether or not they suffer from diabetes.” Read the Full Story at YorkPress