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  • May 16

    Do you have aging eyesight? I think that most of us would value our eyesight and would not want to lose our eyesight through aging. I have spoken recently to a neighbor who has problems with cataracts – she is finding it difficult to read books and is waiting for an operation.

    Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Most common complaints include difficulty driving at night, reading, participating in sports such as golfing, or travelling to unfamiliar areas; these are all activities for which clear vision is essential.

    I had an aunt whose hobby was embroidery and she lost the ability to discern the colours of the threads when she suffered from cataracts. After the operation, she was amazed at the difference in her sight. My father also suffered from cataracts as a result of aging eyesight. He was a professional photographer and film-maker and even though he had retired, it made life difficult until he had the operation.

    A few years ago, another elderly neighbour began using a walking stick because she was going blind as a result of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In the United States, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years of age.

    As I love reading and travelling, I would hate the thought of having impaired eyesight and worse still, the loss of eyesight.

    Imagine not being able to see a view like this one of Wellington Harbour, New Zealand.

    A simple preventative solution is to wear sunglasses when in bright sunlight. And by combining a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus supplements may provide further fortification.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in its November 9, 1994 issue that individuals who have the highest intake of beta-carotene have a 43% lower risk of developing macular degeneration than those with the lowest levels. Other epidemiological studies have shown that people with macular degeneration also had low levels of zinc, selenium, vitamin C, carotonoids, and vitamin E when compared to control groups that did not have macular degeneration.

    Clinical studies have identified particular nutrients that appear to be beneficial in macular degeneration. Mixed carotenoids containing lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to improve the pigment density in the macula. In fact, supplementing with lutein showed about a 50% increase in concentration of this nutrient within the macula of the eye. This offers the macula increased protection against high-energy light and free radical damage. It is like having an internal pair of sunglasses, since lutein gives this area an amber color that is able to filter the light before it hits the retina. (Ref: Doctor Ray Strand)

    Another good reason to take high-quality antioxidants/multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplements combined with a healthy diet.

    Further reading:
    Healthy Eating May Prevent Cataracts

    Download further information regarding cataracts and macular degeneration.
    Visit Live in The Now Read how Vitamin D deficiency is linked to eye problems and A Foolproof Plan for Healthy Vision

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