Age-related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) and cataracts are two diseases that commonly affect the aging eye. A common risk factor for both diseases is exposure to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) light, something all Hawaii residents experience. Even for those residing outside of Hawaii, the lens of the eye is constantly bombarded by UV light, which is thought to be a contributing factor in ARMD and the formation of cataracts.
Preventing ARMD and Cataracts
Antioxidants and zinc are beneficial in staving off the effects of macular degeneration and cataracts. The first scientific evidence that antioxidants and beta-carotene may slow cataract progression was supplied last year by the National Institute of Health’s Age-related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). Other supplements, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, are also believed to provide protection against these two common eye diseases.
At Aloha Laser Vision, we strongly recommend that patients at risk of developing ARMD and/or cataracts eat a balanced diet rich in eye-healthy vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid, selenium, and zinc. These can be found in leafy green vegetables, carrots, citrus fruits, and melons. Also important is to protect your eyes from UV exposure with quality UV protective eyewear. If you are over the age of 50 and suspect you are at high risk for ARMD or cataracts, please contact our eye doctors for a complete exam and consultation.
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Aloha Laser Vision is dedicated to meeting the vision needs of our patients by providing safe, high-quality eye surgery procedures. We are proud to serve patients from Honolulu, Hawaii and beyond, and look forward to helping them attain their optimal vision. Please contact Aloha Laser Vision today to learn more about how we can help.