words brought me an instant sense of relief.
eyes look great. See you in a year."
since a wayward tree branch lacerated my cornea more than a
decade ago, I pay close attention to the words of my
ophthalmologist—the good doctor who saved my eyesight.
you still taking vitamins?" he said as he concluded his
OK, and I assume he trusts me to know what to do.
nutrient mixture many vision experts recommend is based on
results from two major studies: the Age-Related Eye Disease
Study or AREDS and a second study, AREDS2. These trials
produced a formula of vitamins and minerals that helped
prevent age-related macular degeneration or AMD — the most
common cause of blindness in people over the age of 50,
according to the National Eye Institute of the National
Institutes of Health.
with the following ingredients are often referred to as "AREDS"
or "AREDS2" formulations:
milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
international units of vitamin E
80 milligrams (mg) zinc as zinc oxide
copper as cupric oxide
beta-carotene, OR 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin
the ounce of prevention in this dose of nutrients, I can also
make sure I continue to exercise regularly, eat a healthful
diet with a variety of foods that include green leafy
vegetables and fish … and be glad I don’t smoke.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs less often in
people who follow these lifestyle habits.
continue to avoid tree branches, I should also avoid an
overload of alcohol, say experts from the National Eye
Institute. Too much vino or other spirits can contribute to
the development of cataracts — clouding of the lens of the
eye that affects vision.
with diabetes need to take special care to protect their
vision, say eye specialists. High blood sugars increase one’s
risk for glaucoma — a disease that damages the optic nerve
and can cause blindness. People with diabetes are also more
likely to develop retinopathy which affects the retina, the
light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. If the retina
is damaged, life — quite literally — gets out of focus in
studies from Oregon Health and Science University have shown
that vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) can protect the
retina from the daily wear and tear that can lead to vision
problems. This important antioxidant nutrient is found in food
such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers and
have to take a supplement to get all the good nutrients that
nourish my eyes? Not if I choose my diet carefully. A variety
of fruits and vegetables every day (including green leafies)
plus whole grains, nuts and beans, some seafood and lean meat
or poultry and I’m good. And for those days I don’t eat so
well … my daily multivitamin/mineral supplement gets me over