Lifestyle exposures and eye diseases in adults.

Kleins Lab // Publications // Dec 01 2007

PubMed ID: 17949672

Author(s): Klein BE, Klein R. Lifestyle exposures and eye diseases in adults. Am J Ophthalmol. 2007 Dec;144(6):961-969. Epub 2007 Oct 18. Review. PMID 17949672

Journal: American Journal Of Ophthalmology, Volume 144, Issue 6, Dec 2007

PURPOSE To provide a perspective of observed associations between lifestyle exposures and eye diseases in adults.

DESIGN Summary of recent epidemiologic studies.

METHODS Nonsystematic review of the literature.

RESULTS Data suggest that some lifestyle exposures (e.g., smoking) are significantly associated with risk of several different diseases, suggesting that altering behaviors may decrease risk. Where risk is inherent to an occupational or recreational activity, eye protection is likely to decrease risk.

CONCLUSIONS Although data are imperfect, it seems that some lifestyle alterations may decrease the risk of eye diseases at little or no risk to the individual.