Eyeglass Wearers: Here’s a Startling Stat on Lifespan
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Not long ago, I treated myself to a new pair of glasses. My optometrist was shocked that my vision had essentially stayed the same over the past six years.
I explained that I have great health and I take care of myself.
And a new study confirms even more why we ought to take care of ourselves now (eyes included) so that we can enjoy a long healthspan.
Here’s the most startling thing to cross my desk in a while…
Studies show that the risk of mortality for people with mild vision impairment and severe vision impairment is 29% and 89% respectively higher than those with normal vision.
So if you wear specs (like I do), you have a 29% higher chance of mortality than someone with normal vision. And if your vision is downright terrible, that stat triples!
I pulled these numbers from 17 studies that consist of a total of 48,000 people.
Before you panic, there’s a silver lining. Eighty percent of vision impairment cases can be prevented or corrected.
Think about it. The leading causes of blindness and vision loss are cataract and the unmet need for glasses. Both are avoidable.
So there’s always hope!
The study's lead author, Joshua Ehrlich, M.D., M.P.H., says:
It's important these issues are addressed early on because losing your vision affects more than just how you see the world; it affects your experience of the world and your life. This analysis provides an important opportunity to promote not only health and wellbeing, but also longevity by correcting, rehabilitating, and preventing avoidable vision loss across the globe.
When eye health goes untreated, it can have a connection with dementia, depression, and more.
Stay healthy and stay smart, folks.
To your health, Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ
P.S. This past weekend, I saw some of the most beautiful sights with my brand-new eyeglasses. The sun was out, and I caught a lovely glimpse of the ocean. If you’re like most folks, you’re getting your body “summer ready.” Here’s one of the most popular ways weight-loss seekers are doing that in 2021.
To your health,