Age Related Macular degeneration (ARMD) and Cataracts are to two leading causes of sight loss in the developing world. Exposure to oxidative stress such as smoking and sunlight can increase the risk of cataracts. Consuming more anti-oxidants could reduce this risk from 30-50%.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is caused by the accumulation of debris and waste products in the retina. This process is also chiefly associated with oxidative stress. The importance of a healthy diet cannot be highlighted enough. Especially the consumption of leafy green vegetables and red/yellow fruit and vegetables. Late in life we may not absorb the nutrients as efficiently as when we were younger hence regular intake of nutrients and vitamin supplements will often be advised.
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