Macular Degeneration - watch the video
As you are more than likely aware there has been a major media campaign recently to make people aware of Macular Degeneration and the fact it is Australia’s leading cause of blindness.
The macular is the central part of the retina which is responsible for our ability to see detail; you are using your macula to read this now. Macular Degeneration causes progressive macular damage resulting in loss of central vision.
It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People over the age of 50, smokers and those with a family history of the disease are thought to be most at risk. Early detection of Macular Degeneration is crucial as any vision lost cannot be regained.
Nutrition and Eye Health
While there is no cure for Macular Degeneration, there are measures that can be taken to optimise eye health and which may slow down the progression of the disease. It has been well documented that Macular Degeneration responds to antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Most Australians are unaware of the importance of diet and lifestyle in reducing the risk of developing Macular Degeneration.
To raise awareness of this issue The Macular Degeneration Foundation have partnered with Patron Ita Buttrose to develop the Eating for Eye Health cookbook. Along with over 90 tasty recipes there is an informative section on specific nutrients for eye health and the content of these nutrients in common foods. Following are some sample recipes taken from the cookbook, there is also a copy available to view in the practice and it can be purchased at major book shops.