5 Critical Links with Eyes, Lifestyle, and General Health, from Park Ophthalmology

Beth R. Friedland M.D., of Park Ophthalmology, has known for a long time that vision can be affected by bodily diseases, a sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy eating and drinking.  Researchers have explored links between high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, elevated blood pressure and vision changes. This is the reason patients are asked to provide medical information about other conditions when they visit Beth R. Friedland MD of Park Ophthalmology. Changes in medications or general health should be reported to Dr. Friedland at the next exam.

Every Triangle resident needs to know these five critical links with eye and general health:

  • Heart disease: The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that blood vessels in both the eyes and the heart can show similar blockages. The effects for vision include age-related macular degeneration, blockage in retinal vessels, cataracts and glaucoma.
  • High blood pressure: If left untreated, high blood pressure can damage the brain’s blood vessels, causing them to leak or rupture, which results in stroke. The first sign of a stroke can be the loss of a part of the visual field, especially to one side.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans. The disease affects the eye’s retina, weakening tiny blood vessels until they burst and leak. As with high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes causes significant damage to vision.
  • Risky habits: Some habits contribute to diseases that affect both vision and general health. In particular, cigarette smoking, obesity and poor eating habits contribute to problems with the eyes as well as the heart and blood vessels.
  • Helpful habits: To prevent diseases that damage vision, Triangle residents can implement some lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, losing weight, and adding foods such as kale, spinach, salmon and tuna to their diets. Keeping regular appointments with Dr. Friedland and a primary care physician ensures that problems are diagnosed and treated promptly.

If anyone in the Triangle has recently been diagnosed with hypertension, heart disease or diabetes, call Park Ophthalmology to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Friedland. If you are looking for a new Ophthalmologist, our offices in Durham and in Raleigh are currently accepting new patients. Contact us at 919 544 5375.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care and general health is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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