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Protect Your Vision: 3 Vitamins That May Help

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition that mostly affects people between the ages of 50 and 60, and in extreme cases can lead to complete loss of vision.

And when it comes to our vision and overall eye health, it’s easy to believe it’s out of our control. Beyond regular eye exams, is there much we can do to influence the variables? Perhaps, said one expert, the best place to start is with what we eat.

College of Optometrists Clinical Consultant Denise von McCopt specifically talks about how to reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) through diet.

AMD initially affects your center of vision, not your peripheral vision, and may present as blurry or blurry vision. This can progress to complete loss of vision in the center, resulting in a black spot.

In severe but rare cases, this can lead to blindness.

Diet and AMD

“A healthy diet is not only good for your overall health, but also for your eyes,” Von McCopt explained. First, there are certain harmful substances in the body called oxidants that are thought to be involved in the aging process. In the eyes, oxidants can cause “rapid cell destruction, which can lead to a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Fortunately, there are some substances that can be found in foods called antioxidants and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. This can help protect against oxidants.”

Three vitamins that may protect against AMD due to their antioxidant properties are A, C, and E.

And she continued: “Vitamin A can be found in dairy products, fatty fish and some vegetables such as carrots. Vitamin C is found in fruits such as kiwi and mangoes. Vitamin E can be found in sunflower seeds, avocados and dried tomatoes. Lutein and zeaxanthin found mainly in green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, but also in corn, durum wheat and egg yolks.

“The second benefit is that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, which can also lead to vision loss,” she added.

“If you have witnessed AMD, you may notice that your vision is not as good as usual, especially straight lines that look wavy. It becomes difficult to recognize faces, read or watch TV. About 10-15% of people with AMD experience difficulty.” Early children will develop wet AMD and rapid loss of vision.It is treatable if caught quickly.”

Other symptoms of AMD include:

Perception of straight lines as wavy or curved.

Objects that appear smaller than usual.

– Colors appear less vibrant than before.

Seeing things that are not there (hallucinations).

Source: Express

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