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Healthy Eating for the Eyes

Ever since macular degeneration was identified as a disease of the retina there have been ongoing debates among ophthalmologists, optometrists and researchers regarding the role of nutrition in protecting against the disease and possibly slowing its progress.
According to a recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology, following a Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk for AMD. The Mediterranean diet pattern is characterized by high consumption of plant-based foods and fish, moderate consumption of wine and low consumption of meat and dairy products.The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2) found that supplementation with antioxidants plus zinc decreased the likelihood of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration in some people. It also showed that for 13% of patients with a different genetic profile (2 high-risk CFH alleles and 0 ARMS2 risk alleles) the standard AREDS formula was detrimental and accelerated vision loss much faster.

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