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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 198

Comments on "Obesity associated noncommunicable disease burden"

Department of Ophthalmology, Regional Hospital Hamirpur, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication5-Aug-2016

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Dr. Anubhav Chauhan
Pine Castle, Near Mist Chamber, Khalini, Shimla - 171 002, Himachal Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.187839

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We read with great interest the article by Banjare and Bhalerao titled, "Obesity associated noncommunicable disease burden." [1] We applaud the efforts of the authors in describing the disease burden in detail. However, we would like to add that a number of eye diseases are associated with obesity. The information regarding the more prominent ones is as follows.

Refractive errors, strabismus, cataract, glaucoma, age-related maculopathy, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy are common ocular associations. [2] Retinal vein occlusion, [3] third cranial nerve palsy, [4] papilledema, and pseudotumor cerebri [5] are other blinding conditions which need special mention. Exudative retinal detachment, vitreous and preretinal hemorrhage, ischemic optic neuropathy, [6] and cortical blindness [7] are important ocular complications seen in preeclampsia.

Regretfully, most of the health institutes tend not to focus on eye examination, and adequate knowledge is not shared on the subject. It is recommended that mandatory eye screening should be done in all cases of obesity.

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Banjare JB, Bhalerao S. Obesity associated noncommunicable disease burden. Int J Health Allied Sci 2016;5:81-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Cheung N, Wong TY. Obesity and eye diseases. Surv Ophthalmol 2007;52:180-95.  Back to cited text no. 2
Wong TY, Larsen EK, Klein R, Mitchell P, Couper DJ, Klein BE, et al. Cardiovascular risk factors for retinal vein occlusion and arteriolar emboli: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities & Cardiovascular Health studies. Ophthalmology 2005;112:540-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
Teuscher AU, Meienberg O. Ischaemic oculomotor nerve palsy. Clinical features and vascular risk factors in 23 patients. J Neurol 1985;232:144-9.  Back to cited text no. 4
Purvin VA, Kawasaki A, Yee RD. Papilledema and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Arch Ophthalmol 2000;118:1626-30.  Back to cited text no. 5
Karki P, Malla P, Das H, Uprety DK. Association between pregnancy-induced hypertensive fundus changes and fetal outcomes. Nepal J Ophthalmol 2010;2:26-30.  Back to cited text no. 6
Swende TZ, Abwa T. Reversible blindness in fulminating preeclampsia. Ann Afr Med 2009;8:189-91.  Back to cited text no. 7
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