Poor Nutrition and Eye Disease
CONWAY, S.C., March 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eye disease is a leading cause of permanent disability in the United States. With more than 20 million Americans aged 40 and older developing cataracts and an additional 10 million Americans aged 60 and over suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Vaught Eye Associates is raising awareness about how better nutrition may be able to help reduce the risk for these diseases. Antioxidants, including Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and folic are all closely associated with eye health. While carrots are a well-known food for improving eye health, Dr. Vaught also recommends spinach, kale, grapefruit, strawberries and Brussels sprouts.
Better nutrition may reduce the risk for eye diseases and protect eye health, says Conway optometrist Dr. James Vaught. Dr. Vaught and the eye care team at his practice, Vaught Eye Associates, are raising awareness about the link between poor nutrition and the increased risk for eye disease.
“Age-related vision problems are increasingly common amongst older Americans, and can really impact their quality of life,” said Dr. Vaught. “Whether an individual is suffering from impaired night vision or a general decline in visual capacities, everything from driving a car to reading the newspaper becomes much harder. The good news is that nutritional supplements and dietary changes may be able to make a difference and decrease the risk for developing certain vision problems.”
Antioxidants like lutein may naturally help to deter the build-up of waste products in the retina, which in turn lowers the risk for age-related macular degeneration, says Dr. Vaught………
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Source: Globe News Wire