Most parents insist that their children wear sunglasses for a day at the beach, but they give little thought to allowing kids to damage their eyes using electronic devices.
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the primary cause of older age onset partial or sometimes total blindness. Although most common in adults over 50, macular degeneration can occur at any age, though rarely among those under 50.
December 30th 2005
Research indicates that eating a diet rich in beta carotene, vitamins C and E, and zinc will substantially reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is one of the leading causes of blindness in older people.
Your mother may have been right: Eating carrots will help your eyesight. People who eat high levels of vitamin E and zinc in their diet reduced their risk of AMD by 10%. By adding beta carotene (found in carrots) and vitamin C people are able to reduce the risk by 35%.
Preventing Blindness Through Nutritional Intervention
1. Risk of developing advanced disease was reduced by about 25% in those with intermediate damage from taking 500 mg of vitamin C, 15 mg of beta carotene, 400 IU of vitamin E and 80 mg of zinc on a daily basis. Ferris, et al. Archives of Opthalmology; Oct 01. (Ed.