23.01.2012

Diet "definitely has an impact" on eye health

Diet "definitely has an impact" on eye health

By Adrian Galbreth

People who follow a varied diet can definitely help to maintain the health of their eyes, according to one expert.

Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, said it is becoming "increasingly clear" that diet is vital to good eye health.

"To keep your sight as good as possible, don't smoke, keep your weight down and your blood pressure. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants – that means lots of green leafy vegetables and fruit," she advised.

She added that poor eyesight is an inevitable consequence of aging, but only to a certain extent.

If everybody lived long enough they could all develop macular degeneration in the end, but although some people are genetically predisposed to certain conditions, others have lifestyles which put them more at risk, for example by smoking and having a diet lacking in vitamins and minerals.

Therefore, eating well and following a healthy lifestyle can be a major factor in maintaining vision, Ms Yelf noted.

by Emily Tait


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