Diet 'can prevent glaucoma'

Posted on 12 October 2011

People paying for care who want to protect their eyesight against glaucoma should focus on their diet, one expert has said.

Sarah Zerbib, head of marketing and PR at the International Glaucoma Association, noted that certain foods can be good for eye health.

"The IGA Sightline Advisors (helpline) list the following foods as known to be good for eye health: green leafy vegetables such as spinach, colourful fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, peppers and berries and oily fish, high in Omega 3 and vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines," she noted.

Individuals who want to look after their eyes should also don sunglasses on a regular basis, according to the expert, as they help to protect the eyes from UV rays.

She said that it while there is no evidence that sunglasses slow the progression of glaucoma, patients do say that they help to reduce glare.

Older people paying for care are one of the most at-risk groups for glaucoma, as age is a major risk factor for the condition.

While the risk of glaucoma increases suddenly at the age of 40, over-50s must be particularly conscientious when it comes to eye health as they have a higher chance of other such conditions.

Research shows that there is a higher percentage of people over the age of 50 who develop macular degeneration and cataracts as well as glaucoma.

These comments come ahead of World Sight Day 2011, which is taking place on Thursday October 13th.

Organisations around the world are to mark the day by focusing on eye issues that are most important in their areas.

It is estimated that some 284 million people worldwide are visually impaired, with 80 per cent of cases being due to causes which could have been prevented, treated or cured.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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