Dietary Tips For Macular Degeneration (AMD)

As February is low vision and macular degeneration month, it is only fitting to offer some tips regarding macular degeneration (AMD), since it is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the elderly.

There are certain foods which have been shown to offer significant health benefits to the eyes, especially in people with AMD.  Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids such as certain types of fish (namely salmon and tuna) and certain nuts (namely almonds).  Other fruits and vegetables that are recommended include blueberries, kiwi, and corn.  Although high in cholesterol, the nutrients in eggs, especially the egg yolks, offer a high level of vitamins and minerals that have shown to be effective towards eye care.
Vitamin A is also a necessary vitamin for the health of the eye, not only the macula, but also the optic nerve.  Foods that are rich in vitamin A include “orange” foods, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, and cantaloupe to name a few.
All in all, it is highly recommended to consume foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals, namely Zinc and Selenium.  In addition to consuming such foods, it is crucial to also abstain from fatty foods and smoking, since they have been shown to promote the progression of AMD.