Oxidative damage is the leading mechanism by which the eye tissues age.Both the retina and the lens are believed to be at risk of oxidation frome free radicals( chemically unstable atoms and molecules) produced by factors such as sunlight(UV radiation) and cigarette smoke.
Our in built repair mechanisms that fight such free redical damage,become progressively less effective as one ages, and for a significant people,this leads to degeneration of the macula( the part of the retina responsible for detailed vision) resulting in a condition known as Age related Macula Degeneration(AMD).Oxidative damage is also implicated in cataract(opacity of the lens) formation.
Other conditions such as dry eye(interaction of an abnormal tear film and/or abnormal ocular surface) have also shown to benefit from nutritional intervention.
Scientific research has now established that good nutrition can help guard against the development of degenerative eye conditions as we age.New studies have shown that nutrients can help to prevent AMD and cataract formation.Such measures are increasingly important as the average age of the population continues to rise.
Stay healthy,…to be continued…
Credit Emmanuel Kwakye Frimpong