Nutrition and Your Eyes

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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Eyes in the Sun

Exposure to the sun may be damaging to the eyes just as it is to the skin.  The sun emits UV-A and UV-B radiation that is absorbed by the tissues in the front and back of the eye.  This can result in an increased risk of cancers in all the different areas of the eye.  It may also increase the risk of certain types of cataracts and macular degeneration.  Although cataracts may be improved with surgery, macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness as we age.  It is very important to wear good sun protection that covers the eyes well and has adequate UV-A and UV-B protection.  Also most of us remember to wear our sunglasses in the summer, but it is just as important to wear them in the winter when UV radiation may be just as intense.  Finally, remember to continue annual eye exams with your eye doctor to diagnose and monitor any problems that may result.

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

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