What comes to mind when you think of the “Biggest Little City in the World”? I’m willing to bet you weren’t thinking healthy eyes, but a new analysis of millions of claims from VSP Vision Care shows that residents of Reno, Nevada are leading the way when it comes to getting an annual eye exam. VSP’s 2016 Eye Health Index, now in its fourth installment, identifies the top 10 most eye-healthy cities and also uncovers which cities aren’t keeping vision top of mind.
This year, Reno climbed to the number one spot, passing Boise, Idaho, which was ranked as the most eye-healthy city in 2014. While Cleveland, Ohio claimed an NBA championship this year, unfortunately they didn’t claim a top spot as an eye-healthy city. They top the list of the index’s least eye-healthy cities, but we’re anxious to see their turnaround next year.
Check out the infographic below to see if your city made the list and explore key findings. The 2016 rankings were determined by looking at the percentage of VSP members who received an eye exam in 2015 in cities with at least 100,000 VSP members.
Eye Exams: Essential to Your Health
When was your last eye exam? It’s important to think of it as part of your overall healthcare routine. A simple trip to the eye doctor each year opens up the possibility of early detection of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and even high cholesterol. Through a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor has an unobstructed view of the blood vessels in the back of the eye which allows them to detect signs of chronic disease much earlier than symptoms would be identified by other medical professionals. In fact, roughly 90 percent of diabetes-related blindness can be avoided by getting an annual eye exam.