Some lifestyle choices put you at risk for vision loss
March 19, 2015
When it comes to the risk of vision impairment, a patient has no control over genetics. However, a patient can control lifestyle choices.
Quantifying the role of those choices has been a major goal of the Beaver Dam Eye Study, a longitudinal, population-based cohort study that has been ongoing since 1987.
"Our impetus was to determine the relationship of modifiable risk factors to age-related eye disease and vision impairment—and how common they are," says Ronald Klein, M.D., M.P.H., a retinal specialist and epidemiological researcher from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health who has worked on Beaver Dam since its inception.