Eating right may prevent macular degeneration

June 13, 2011 2:28:20 PM PDT
What you eat could give your eyes a better chance of avoiding the leading cause of blindness later in life.

Macular degeneration not only affects older people, but it can also occur in younger patients who are genetically predisposed for the condition.

Researchers followed over 2,000 such people who are considered at higher risk. Those who reported diets rich in zinc, beta carotene and other nutrients lowered their risk by anywhere from 55-to-69-percent.

Authors of this study suggest doctors provide dietary advice to those young people considered high risk for macular degeneration

There is more on this in the Archives of Ophthalmology.