Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye disease that causes damage to the Macular, the part of the retina portion of the eye. AMD is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in those over the age of 65. Cataracts, another eye disease affecting aging Americans, develop when proteins in the eye’s lens form abnormal clumps that gradually get larger, clouding the eye and distorting vision. Nearly 50% of those age 65 and older have cataracts.
So what is the Link between Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, & Fruits and Vegetables?
Studies suggest that the risk of both eye diseases can be decreased with diets that are rich in fruits and vegetable. More specifically, fruits and vegetables that are high in lutein and zeaxanthin. These chemicals work as antioxidants, protecting the eye from free radical damage. Eating fruits and vegetables high in lutein and zeaxanthin, such as Kale, Collard Greens, Spinach, Brussels Sprouts, Corn, Avacados, Grapes, Orange Huice, and more, have been found to increase the concentration of these chemicals in the blood and in the eye.
Additional Tips to Help
- Fatty fish at least once a week may reduce the risk of AMD by as much as 50%.
- Eating fatty fish at least once a day may reduce the risk of AMD by as much as 70%.
- Rest, exercise, and protective eyewear can also help reduce the risk of AMD.
Of course, nothing replaces regular Comprehensive Ophthalmic Eye Exams with your ophthalmologist.
The Anne Arundel Eye Center, led by Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, offers comprehensive ophthalmic exams to help diagnose eye problems, such as AMD and cataracts. Dr. Boles and his staff have helped restore and preserve thousands of patients’ vision. He is also passionate about educating patients and their families regarding prevention and treatment.
“I treat my patients the way I want to be treated when I see a doctor.” – Dr. Boles
To learn more about The Link between Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, & Fruits and Vegetables, please contact Dr. Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists at Anne Arundel Eye Center by calling 410-224-2010 or click here to visit AnneArundelEyeCenter.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
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