Keep your eyes a vision of health
Candis health editor, Gill Cox shares the latest health update…
Every year 44,000 people are diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), an untreatable progressive eye condition which causes loss of vision and blindness in the over 40s. Optometrist, James Sutton offers some advice to help reduce the risk of developing AMD and how to prolong the onset of symptoms.
Diet: Adopt a diet rich in antioxidants. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli are all good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, essential for eye health. Eating oily fish will also help with absorption of these.
Stop smoking: Another good reason to quit. Smoking causes a number of health problems and affects eyesight. Research shows that smoking increases the risk of AMD two-fold.
Sunlight: Reduce your exposure to UV light by wearing good quality sunglasses and a brimmed hat on sunny days to reduce UV exposure to the eyes.
Supplements: It can be difficult to get the required amount of antioxidant vitamins and minerals from diet alone – 1kg of broccoli or ten cooked leeks to be precise! A supplement such as Viteyes 2 will provide the exact quantities and precise formulation that can cut the risk of developing advanced AMD by 30 per cent.