Research suggests that increased intake of vitamin D could help prevent older people from contracting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the world"s leading cause of blindness.
The study, published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, found that women with the highest levels of the nutrient, provided by eggs and oily fish, were almost 60 per cent less likely to develop AMD in old age.
Scientists believe that vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties that help it protect people against the currently incurable condition, by preventing damage to the eyes.
"Most people should be able to get the vitamin D they need by eating a varied and balanced diet and by getting some sun. If you take vitamin D supplements, do not take too much," the Department of Health"s website advised.
previously, Dr Mark Lynn, an optometrist who owns and runs 15 Dr Bizer"s VisionWorld locations, said that blindness and visual impairments are generally more common in female patients.
by Alexa Kaczka