How a poor diet can increase risk of vision loss in later life

January 6, 2020  20:16

According to a new research released by the British Journal of Ophthalmology, late stage age-related macular degeneration, an irreversible condition that affects a person’s central vision, can be avoided, if you follow a nutritious diet.

Researchers have found that people eating a diet high in red and processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy products may be three times more likely to develop an eye condition that damages the retina and affects a person’s central vision.

“Treatment for late, neovascular AMD is invasive and expensive, and there is no treatment for geographic atrophy, the other form of late AMD that also causes vision loss. It is in our best interest to catch this condition early and prevent development of late AMD,” said Shruti Dighe, who conducted the research at the University at Buffalo in the US.

To protect your vision, you are advised to eat food that is good for your health, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, oily fish, olive oil, as well as sunflower seeds and walnuts.

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