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Feed Your Eyes To Prevent AMD

POSTED ON February 23, 2011

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Food is powerful.  It not only gives us physical energy to get through the day but also can help our body defend against diseases like cancer or a common eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  February is National AMD and Low Vision Awareness month so in light of spreading the news about low vision diseases and their symptoms, I thought it worthy to discuss ways we can help prevent AMD.  And in this case food is the answer. AMD affects older adults as our bodies ...

Food is powerful.  It not only gives us physical energy to get through the day but also can help our body defend against diseases like cancer or a common eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  February is National AMD and Low Vision Awareness month so in light of spreading the news about low vision diseases and their symptoms, I thought it worthy to discuss ways we can help prevent AMD.  And in this case food is the answer.

AMD affects older adults as our bodies and eyes age.  Our vision can be affected.  The macula can deteriorate which can cause poor central vision-the vision that allows us to see fine details according to Indianapolis eye doctors.  Although there is no cure for AMD there are important preventative measures adults can take to protect their vision and prevent any major vision loss.

Getting an eye examination yearly by an Indiana optometrist is a start to protecting your eyes from AMD.  Food is the second preventative measure.  Healthy (and powerful) foods such as those full of lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E help guard our eyes from the strains of aging and can truly save our vision. 

A recent study in The Archives of Ophthalmology found that a healthy diet full of powerful “eye” foods could be a strong contributing factor for the decrease in the prevalence of AMD in older adults.  The study found that fewer American adults are developing AMD as the prevalence for the disease went from 9.4% to 6.5%.

Food played a leading role (most likely) in this decrease so what should be on your menu then?  The following 10 “eye” foods:

  1. Spinach
  2. Salmon
  3. Walnuts
  4. Berries
  5. Orange Bell Peppers
  6. Broccoli
  7. Tea
  8. Soy
  9. Eggs
  10. Avocados

Indiana eye doctors like Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates suggest fitting these food items into your weekly meals to help prevent vision loss from diseases like AMD and other eye diseases like cataracts.  Eat up for your vision!

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