What can I do that might reduce my risk of developing macular degeneration?
- Eat large quantities of dark green leafy vegetables rich in carotenoids, the yellowish pigments that include precursors of Vitamin A. Spinach and collard greens are possibly the most beneficial vegetables in this respect. Two yellow pigments found in the macula known as lutein and zeaxanthin are also found in these vegetables, and are thought to filter out visible blue light which might possibly damage the macula. Therefore, these two yellow pigments may protect the macula from light damage. (Click on the links above for lutein and zeaxanthin to see tables listing foods rich in these carotenoids.)
- Protect your eyes from potentially harmful ultra-violet (UV) light and blue light.
- Antioxidant vitamin and zinc supplements may help - Age-Related Eye Disease Study.
- Do not smoke.
- Eat a low-fat diet & Avoid junk food.
- Exercise regularly.