Seafood "can protect the eyes"

Seafood "can protect the eyes"

People who regularly eat seafood may find that doing so helps to protect their vision, a new study has indicated.

According to research carried out by experts at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, eating foods which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help to stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness on the planet.

In a study of 2,391 people aged between 65 and 84, they found that those who had advanced AMD were significantly less likely to consume fish high in omega-3 and other seafood.

Dr Sheila West, who led the research as part of the Salisbury Eye Evaluation programme, explained: "Our study corroborates earlier findings that eating omega-3-richfish and shellfish may protect against advanced AMD."

In related research, Florian Schweigert, from the Institute of Nutritional Science at the University of Potsdam, recently published a study revealing that the nutrients lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 are all vital to maintaining healthy vision.

by Alexa Kaczka

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