VSP Vision Care launched the Eye Health Index in 2012 to help identify the top 10 cities around the United States that take the best care of their eyes. The index is back for 2013!
The Top 10 Cities for Eye Health in 2013
- Boise, Idaho
- Sacramento, Calif. (No. #10 in 2012)
- Oklahoma City-Tulsa, Okla. (No. #9 in 2012)
- Wichita, Kan. (No. #2 in 2012)
- Columbus, OH (No. #6 in 2012)
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Birmingham, Ala. (No. #4 in 2012)
- Denver, Colo. (No. #5 in 2012)
- Raleigh, N.C. (No. #3 in 2012)
- Bay Area, Calif. (San Jose was No. #7 in 2012)
The 2013 Eye Health Index proclaimed that citizens of Boise, Idaho, got the highest rate of eye exams in 2012. That means a greater percentage of Boise folks took steps to ensure their eyes were healthy. Boise wasn’t the only city with healthy eyes, though. Eight of the 10 from last year’s index made this year’s list again. It’s worth noting that Sacramento and Oklahoma City – Tulsa made significant gains in the rankings this year.
Why Eye Exams Matter
Eye exams are essential to maintain healthy vision. Eye doctors not only check for the health of the eye itself, they check for signs of other serious health conditions. In fact, the top three conditions identified through an eye exam last year were diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol! These three conditions alone affect more than 140 million people in the United States.
The eye is the only place in the body where a doctor can look at your blood vessels without surgery. Essentially, when your optometrist peeks in your eyes, he or she is able to get a sense of what’s going on with the rest of your body.