Nutrition is a growing topic of discussion in optometric practice today. There is increasing evidence of it’s impact on eye health. Many studies have shown vitamins C, D, E, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids to be protective against macular degeneration and possibly cataract formation as we age. The newest research is centered around macular pigment density. Studies have shown that macular pigment density decreases as we age, in smokers and in individuals with a family history of macular degeneration. Studies have also shown a correlation between macular pigment density and the development and progression of macular degeneration. Macular pigment is composed of the dietary carotinoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Studies have shown that a higher dietary intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin was independently associated with a decreased risk of progression to wet macular degeneration. For those at risk for macular degeneration, a supplement containing the appropriate levels of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamins C, D, E, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids may help preserve vision.
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