31.01.2012

Eating fruit and veg "lowers risk of eye problems"

Eating fruit and veg "lowers risk of eye problems"

By Adrian Galbreth

People can help to lower the risk of developing eye problems by regularly consuming fresh fruit and vegetables, a new study has suggested.

Research carried out by Louise Katz, a professor at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee, involved polling over 400 students at the educational institution about their eating habits and need for vision correction.

The results revealed that 60 per cent of young people had myopia or the early stages of nearsightedness, with many using contact lenses or glasses to correct the problem.

However, the incidence of myopia was far lower among students who regularly ate fresh fruit and vegetables, suggesting that people who follow a healthy diet can benefit form better eyesight.

Professor Katz said that more work is need to prove the initial results of the study, which is published in the Journal of Behavioural Optometry, but the primary evidence is promising as a means of averting vision problems.

by Alexa Kaczka


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