LOSING OUR EYESIGHT: Drop the fats, drop the risk
The Popeye effectJust as most of the risk factors for AMD parallel those of heart disease, most of the best alternative measures to keep the heart healthy can also maintain eye health.
There is copious evidence for the role of two particular antioxidants - lutein and zeaxanthin - in maintaining eye health. Carotenoid composition varies between internal organs, suggesting selective uptake
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye occurs when the cells of the macula - an irregular yellow depression on the center of the retina - becomes damaged and stops functioning.
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), a type of blueberry, contains active flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanosides, which act as antioxidants in the retina of the eye.
Exposure to bright light is, according to convention, an important risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and those at risk are advised to reduce their exposure to light wherever possible.
The best treatment is prevention. To make sure you don’t develop AMD . . .
* Supplement, especially with antioxidants (Arch Ophthalmol, 1994; 112: 222-7). A large multicentre clinical trial, sponsored by the US National Eye Institute,
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) refers to the slow deterioration of the cells in the macula, a tiny yellowish area near the centre of the retina, which contains light-sensitive cells that send visual signals to the brain.
Everywhere I look in medicine these days, I am seeing improbable connections.
In our cover story this month, we’ve discovered that macular degeneration tends to be present in people with heart problems,