Vitamins and folic acid could be the key to women preserving their eyesight as they grow older, according to a new study.
In research published in the publication Archives of Internal Medicine, women who took a combination of vitamins B12 and B6 along with folic acid were found to have less chance of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The double-blind, randomised clinical trial of 5,442 women aged 40 and over was carried out by a team led by William G Christen of Brigham and Women"s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.
Those who took the supplements were found to reduce their AMD risk by 34 per cent.
In addition, their chances of developing visually significant AMD was 41 per cent less.
This month is AMD Awareness Month in America.
Among organisations educating Americans about the eye condition are the Macular Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Academy of Opthalmology.
by Emily Tait