Get the nutrients to fight AMD
There is growing evidence that improving your diet may also improve the health of your eyes and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), or reduce your risk of developing the disease.
By eating a diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein and zeaxanthin you will be consuming the nutrients thought to be most valuable to eye health. These can be found in a variety of healthy foods including:
- Fresh fish
- Green leafy vegetables
You can get these nutrients either through diet or your eye care professional may recommend supplementing your diet with an ocular vitamin, such as Vitalux® Vitamins, specifically designed to help maintain healthy vision. Find out more.
Foods to avoid
The fats commonly found in many processed, snack or so-called “junk” foods have been linked with double the risk of developing wet macular degeneration — the more severe type of AMD.
Are you eating for eye health?
The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are important to eye health, but many Canadians are missing out. The Canadian Food Guide recommends at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily for adults over 50.
But, Statistics Canada shows that in 2010 an average of 59% of Canadians ages 45-64 consumed fruits and vegetables less than 5 times per day.