BY MARSHALL HINSLEY

Ever since my retina detached last December and I underwent a vitrectomy, I’ve been focusing on how to better take care of my eyes. My first reaction to my condition was to examine my diet. But, after consults with ophthalmologists, I’ve learned that my condition is more likely associated with myopia or age. Nutrition does not seem to have been a factor.

But my suspicions about vision and nutrition weren’t entirely off base. I’ve learned about a condition known as age-related macular degeneration that is indeed associated with diet. AMD, according to the National Eye Institute, is a loss of vision in the center of one’s sight that occurs mostly in people 50 and older. Among older adults, it’s the top cause of vision loss. These crops will comprise a sort of healthy-vision garden, giving me no excuse not to eat carotenoid-rich foods with every meal.

In its early stages, AMD can only be found through routine eye exams; it’s not usually noticeable by the person who has it because it may not have caused blindness yet. If it goes undiagnosed, though, it can indeed lead to blindness in the center of one’s vision; driving becomes impossible, along with reading and even recognizing people’s faces. It is debilitating.

Loss of vision from later stages of AMD is irreversible once it happens. But blindness may be slowed down or prevented altogether if it’s detected ahead of time, and one of the recommendations to stave it off strikes me as a huge motivation to think twice about what’s for dinner. The advice I’ve read and the instruction given by retina specialists to the AMD sufferers I’ve met all recommend more leafy greens and vegetables. This plant-based prescription builds up pigments in the center of the retina, protecting it from the harmful effects of blue, violet and ultraviolet light rays and serving as an antioxidant that keeps cells in the area healthy and working right. The pigments responsible for this protective quality are called lutein and zeaxanthin, neither of which are made by the body……..

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