Mediterranean Diet Lower Macular Degeneration Risk

People who adhere to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) are found to have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) according to a study published in Ophthalmology. A Mediterranean Diet is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. Researchers examined correlations between the incidence of advanced AMD and compliance with the […]

Eat an orange a day to keep the AMD away

Oranges are the latest fruit to win accolades for their potential health benefits. The latest study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research were examining the effect flavonoids had on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More than 2,000 Australian adults aged 50 and over were interviewed […]

Fruit fly eyes helpful in understanding human blindness

Scientists have long understood that blue light will make fruit flies go blind but had been unable to determine why. A recent Purdue University study revealed how blue light kills cells in the eyes of the fruit fly and opens up the possibility of further understanding human eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Researchers compared […]

Effects of blue light exposure reduced with lutein and zeaxanthin

Benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation on blue-absorbing macular pigment, sleep quality and visual performance The results of the study were published in Foods. The macular carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin isomers, are known as high-energy blue light filters. Blue light penetrates deep into the eye and can cause the formation of free radicals. In the […]

Lutein levels in the eye linked to higher achievement in children

Two recent studies demonstrated that children who do better in school have higher lutein levels in the eye. Even after taking in consideration other factors including IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness, children that had higher lutein levels did better on cognition tests and performed better academically. In the first study, researchers measured lutein […]

Optometrists more likely than ophthalmologists to recommend eye supplements

A recent study was conducted among Swedish optometrists and ophthalmologists that examined use of nutritional supplements, dietary advice, smoking and eye diseases and strength of evidence and the sources of information used for supplement recommendations. Optometrists responded at a much higher rate to the questionnaire used in the study at a rate of 40.3% compared […]

Vision benefits of resveratrol

Recently, Chinese researchers have verified that the polyphenol metabolites found in resveratrol are able to cross protective barriers and offer potential benefits to help protect vision. The polyphenol metabolites were found in the outer and the inner structures of the human eye. Researchers examined 35 eyes of men and women who were undergoing eye surgery […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Mediterranean diet lessens AMD risk

The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded for its confirmed health benefits and now offering protection against age-related macular degeneration can be added to its list of benefits. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and limited red meat and butter are the hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet. The University of Coimbra in Portugal launched […]

Lutemax 2020 featured in R.B.I. Vision Performance

The results of the first LAMA (Lutein, Vision and Mental Acuity) study showed that the combination of three macular carotenoids – lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesozeaxanthin – may increase the macular pigment ocular density (MPOD) even faster than previous studies had demonstrated. This study showed that in just a period of eight weeks, the MPOD of study […]