18.04.2011

Eye diseases "mainly affect the elderly"

Eye diseases "mainly affect the elderly"

Contact lens wearers have been told that eye disease mainly affects those in old age.

Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, said that age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of sight loss in the western world.

She added that more than half a million people in the UK blame their sight loss on macular degeneration.

The expert went on to say that enjoying a healthy diet can play an important role in eye health, with those missing out on omega 3 fatty acids having more chance of developing macular degeneration.

"It"s interesting that other nutrients, such as vitamin D, may also play a part. In a way this is to be expected as it"s clear that what"s good for our general health is also good for our eyes and vitamin D is a vital part of a healthy diet," she told contact lens wearers.

Recently, the University of Buffalo found that women under the age of 75 who had high vitamin D intake were less likely to suffer from early age-related macular degeneration.

by Alexa Kaczka


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