Healthy Eyes

Many of the patients at this office are 50 or older, and naturally worry about the effects that aging has on their body, particularly their eyesight. Below is an excerpt from an article on protecting your eyes from age-related damage:

“By the age of 65 years, nearly one-third of adults will experience age-related damage to their eyesight. The leading cause of age-related central blindness is macular degeneration, which can rob us of the ability to read and see fine details. Cataracts are a frequent cause of damage to the crystalline lens of the eye, and can result in blindness.

Age-associated vision loss is not inevitable. In fact, nutrients like lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin provide critical antioxidant and light-filtering properties to the eye lens and macula—structures essential for clear vision. Not only do these nutrients guard against vision loss—growing evidence suggests they also protect against other ailments such as cancer and cognitive decline.

Although deteriorating vision is often accepted as an inevitable part of aging, we’re learning today that this does not have to happen. A remarkable number of clinical studies are teaching us how the most common causes of age-related vision loss can be prevented—if we take prompt action.

Scientists are finding that deficiencies in certain plant-derived compounds can cause vision to degrade over time. To understand just how these nutrients produce their benefits, let’s take a look at how humans usually lose their vision with age. Two major culprits are age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Both are potentially preventable if early action is taken. Nutrients like meso-zeaxanthin may even help reverse the most common form of blindness afflicting aging eyes.”

To read the rest of this article by Julius G. Goepp, MD, visit the Life Extension Foundation!


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One Response to Healthy Eyes

  1. Thanks for the great information. My mother is suffering from this disease and because of it I’ve become an advocate for getting the word out on it.

    Barry Wheeler
    http://www.amdsupport.ca

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