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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 86

Comments on “Prevention and management of obesity: Saudi guideline update”


1 Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar Govt. Medical College, Nahan, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Regional Hospital Hamirpur, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication13-Jan-2017

Correspondence Address:
Anubhav Chauhan
Pine Castle, Near Mist Chamber, Khalini, Shimla 171002, Himachal Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.197704

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Sir,

We read with great interest the article by Al-Shehri et al. titled, “Prevention and management of obesity: Saudi guideline update.”[1] We applaud the efforts of the authors in describing the challenges in detail. However, we would like to bring to your notice that a number of eye diseases are associated with obesity and not just the systemic diseases mentioned by the respected authors in the introduction. The information regarding the more prominent ocular problems is as follows.

Refractive errors, strabismus, cataract, glaucoma, age-related maculopathy, and 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.

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 to avoid ocular complications in the future.

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Dear Dr. Anubhav Chauhan,

Thank you for submitting your valuable comments on "Saudi Guideline on prevention and management of Obesity".[6] We read your interesting and important comments which explored the ocular manifestations and complications of obesity.We hope that the updated guideline will mention such issue in the future. Regarding what you mentioned about the mandatory of Eye Examination among obese patients, it is vital to support this statement by strong evidence.

Thank You.

Fahad S. Al-Shehri

Joint Progam of Family Medicine, Aseer Region, KSA

E-mail: fahdshar@hotmail.com

 
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1.
Al-Shehri FS, Moqbel MM, Al-Khaldi YM, Al-Shahrani AM, Abu-Melha WS, Alqahtani AR et al. Prevention and management of obesity: Saudi guideline update. Saudi J Obes 2016;4:25-40.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Cheung N, Wong TY. Obesity and eye diseases. Surv Ophthalmol 2007;52:180-95.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
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 and cardiovascular health studies. Ophthalmology 2005;112:540-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
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
    
5.
Purvin VA, Kawasaki A, Yee RD. Papilledema and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Arch Ophthalmol 2000;118:1626-30.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
6.
Al-Shehri FS, Moqbel MM, Al-Khaldi YM, Al-Shahrani AM, Abu-Melha WS, Alqahtani AR, et al. Prevention and management of obesity: Saudi guideline update. Saudi J Obes 2016;4:25-40.  Back to cited text no. 6
    




 

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