Children must be taught to eat fish from an early age to maximise their eye health, a medical expert has claimed.
Peter Clough, technical director at Efamol Ltd, has highlighted the crucial role that Omega-3 fatty acids play in maintaining health.
He pointed out that DHA, one of these, is a crucial component in the cells of the eye, brain and central nervous system.
It is particularly important for children, as their eyes are still growing and developing and therefore are especially in need of these nutrients.
Mr Clough said: "Without the correct building blocks the cells can"t function to their best and hence the child"s overall development is affected."
He called for a massive and ongoing education campaign designed to encourage these behaviours and to lead more people to increase their consumption of fish.
In a related article, American Optometric Association president Dori Carlson claimed that those who suffer worst from their eye problems are children, as undiagnosed conditions can impact on their school performance.
by Emily Tait