Tips For Sharp Eyesight

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MADISON, Wis. – You can improve your chances of avoiding eye problems as you age in three ways: eat well, avoid smoking and protect your eyes from sunlight.

Three studies by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researchers provide the evidence.

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The first study concluded that women who eat foods rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals may have a lower risk of developing a common type of cataract. Cataracts, which increase with age, are the most important cause of blindness in the world.

Healthy lifestyles may also help prevent early-stage, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to another UW study. By changing modifiable risk factors, such as stopping smoking or raising good cholesterol levels, people can lower the risk of AMD.

A third study found that the use of medications that increase sensitivity to the sun – combined with exposure to sunlight – appears to be associated with the risk of age-related cataracts.

The studies were published in the Archives of Ophthalmology


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