Healthy diet 'is vital for good eye health'

12 January 2012

Patients who have undergone laser eye surgery should be aware that diet is essential for good eye health, an expert has suggested.

Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, a charity for people affected by the condition, said good nutrition and plenty of vitamins and minerals will ensure the eyes stay healthy for a long time because it is "increasingly clear that diet is vital" for the eyes.

"There is some evidence that vitamin D plays a part in eye health and this research adds to that knowledge, but we do not yet know if vitamin D can prevent macular degeneration," the expert explained.

Ms Yelf also mentioned that to keep eyesight in the best condition possible, people should refrain from smoking and take steps to keep their body mass index and blood pressure down. Lots of fruit and vegetables can help maintain both weight and eyesight, she added.

The expert's comment follow research from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London, which suggested that vitamin D supplements could help to combat age-related eye disease.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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