Eating Fish May Save Your Vision! (from Lighthouse International: http://lighthouse.org)
According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, women who eat omega-3 fatty acids – most commonly found in oily fish – are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
AMD, which is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60, destroys the macula, a cluster of light-sensitive cells in the central part of the retina. The macula allows for crisp central vision and the perception of fine detail.
While the progression of AMD cannot be stopped, it can be slowed. According to the study, older women who consumed one or two portions of fish a week could reduce their risk of sight loss by up to 42 percent. Tuna, sardines, salmon and other dark meat fish are recommended since they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
The study does caution people not to overreact and incorporate too much fish or fish oil supplements into their diet since randomized clinical trials are needed.
“The evidence on omega-3 fatty acids and the beneficial effects for individuals with AMD is beginning to accumulate,” said Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, Chief of Low Vision Programs at Lighthouse International. “The conclusion that most researchers agree on [at this point] is to stop smoking and eat a healthy diet in order to preserve vision.”
For more information on AMD, visit Lighthouse.org.