Healthy lifestyle 'could protect the eyes'

12 October 2011

The need for ophthalmology corrective surgery may be decreased through leading a healthy lifestyle, according to one expert.

International Glaucoma Association (IGA) research has found that although the condition is more common with age, a balanced diet can also help to stave off risk of infections.

Sarah Zerbib, head of marketing and PR at the IGA, said that the ageing population is also at risk of other eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

"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" are known to be good for eye health, Ms Zerbib added.

According to VISION 2020, an estimated 284 million people worldwide are visually impaired. Figures show that 80 per cent of cases are due to causes which could have been prevented, treated or cured.

The vision group is endorsing World Sight Day, which is due to take place on Thursday (October 13th).

By Edward Bartel


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