May 2010 Issue

Foods in Focus: Eat for Your Eyesight

In our aging nation, it is not surprising that age-related deteriorating eye conditions are increasing. From birth, our eyes filter light—from sunlight to the more damaging blue light (light waves that make the sky look blue) with detrimental effects over time. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys one’s central vision, is the largest cause of vision loss in the U.S., affecting five percent of people aged 65 and older. AMD is debilitating; it can obstruct your ability to see the details of someone’s face, or read a book or road sign. And once AMD progresses, there’s no turning back.

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