Eating Fish Could Improve Eyesight
March 8, 2009
Remember when mother told
you to eat your carrots because they're good for your eyes?
That's really a medical myth.
But some scientists believe that vitamins,
minerals, and even fish might help prevent blindness.
Royal Collette has one of the most common
diseases that can lead to blindness.
"My doctor, ophthalmologist, said I had
macular degeneration. I'd never heard of the term," he said.
Age-related macular degeneration affects
the central vision. Over time, everything becomes a blur.
"The disease is relentless. If we can
prevent the end stage from happening, you are much better off,"
said Dr. Emily Chew, who is heading up a study at the national
eye institute to see if vitamins, minerals, and fish oil can
slow down the disease.
Previous research showed that vitamins and
minerals might reduce the risk of blindness from the disease.
The study found people who ate more than a
serving of fish a week had a lower risk of macular degeneration
than those who rarely ate it.
"Same with lutene," said Chew. "You see it
in green leafy vegetables, spinach, kale, collard greens."
Collette has signed up for the new study
with hopes it'll make a difference.
"If you can contribute to whatever
advancement they're developing, why shouldn't I? I think it's a
great opportunity," he said.
In Illinois, similar studies are being done
at the University of Chicago.