ging is a big factor when it comes to vision loss. Getting older can lead to such vision-related ailments such as macular degeneration and cataracts. But new research shows that age might come secondary as a major cause to vision loss.

New research has linked socio-economic status to the wear and tear on our eyes.

New findings: Socio-economic status affects vision
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempted to reveal a correlation between socio-economic status and vision loss. By analyzing data from the American Community Survey they were able to study severe vision loss as it related to income.

Socio-economic status affects visionThey found that among the states with the highest poverty rates – Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee – there were high incidences of vision loss.

Although it is already known that vision loss and poverty might be linked, this is the first time that such information is being illustrated. Globally, the same relationship can be seen and in the poorest of countries vision loss appears to be at its highest.

But what’s the reasoning? Does poverty cause vision loss or does vision loss lead to poverty? It’s hard to say for sure because the two are so inter-related. For instance if someone loses their vision they might find it difficult to obtain employment. And if a person is of low economic-standing they might not have the means available to partake in habits that can prevent vision loss. There is no cause and effect, but there is a correlation.


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