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Protecting your sight with nutrition

You may have been told as a child that eating carrots will help you see in the dark, well there might be some truth in that story.

A major US study known as Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) has shown that carotenoids, a group of substances found in eggs, carrots and many other leafy green vegetables, can slow the progression of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The study found that high-dose antioxidant vitamins and minerals (vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper), taken by mouth reduced the risk of progression to advanced AMD by 25%, and the risk of moderate vision loss by 19%. Although improving your nutrition can increase the amount of these vitamins and minerals in your diet, there is growing evidence for the benefits of supplements.

What is AMD

What is AMD

AMD is the loss of vision in the centre of the eye and is caused by high-energy, blue light from the sun damaging the retinal protective ...

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MPSII measuring thickness macular pigment

Diagnosis of AMD

Increasingly optometrists are investing in equipment that can measure the thickness of the macular pigment ...

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Prevention of AMD

The study AREDS 1 showed that antioxidant vitamins and minerals have a role in protecting the vision ...

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Eat well

Good nutrition can help to protect your eye sight
Nutritional supplements also help, check for those high in the vitamins and minerals recommended by AREDS
blueberries Eat fruits such as blueberries that contain powerful antioxidants and according to the AREDS study, provide protection against AMD.
broccoli Eat more spinach, broccoli, kale and other foods rich in lutein, a pigment that provides the yellow colouring in the macula and helps protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Using olive oil in salads and cooking helps improve absorption.
salmon Eat fish twice a week for omega-3. A study from Harvard researchers presented at the 2003 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s annual meeting evaluated the diets of 32,470 women and found those who ate the least amount of fish (thus getting the least amount of omega-3 fatty acids) had the highest risk of dry eye syndrome.