29.04.2014

Fruit and vegetables "needed for eye health"

Fruit and vegetables "needed for eye health"

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can have a positive effect on eye health, an expert has stated.

Professor Ian Grierson, the University of Liverpool"s head of ophthalmology, told Anastasia Stephens of the Daily Mail that good eye health requires omega-3 oils, vitamin C and certain plant molecules.

The pigments zeaxanthin and lutein, used by the retina, can be found in leafy greens and egg yolk, while oily fish provides omega-3 oils.

Nuts and seeds provide vitamin E for cataract and UV damage prevention, while the vitamin C in fresh fruit can fight against major eye diseases.

Dark berries, with their anthocyanins, can prevent blindness caused by cataracts and macular degeneration.

Sight charity RNIB also points out that maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.

In addition, smokers are more likely to develop AMD, according to the organisation.

by Adrian Galbreth


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