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Food for Your Eyes

What you eat affects how you see

SATURDAY, July 20, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- See food is the focus of a new education program available on the American Optometric Association's Web site.

No, we didn't spell it wrong and we're not talking about fish and other fare from the briny depths. The new program, called Eye on Nutrition, assesses your diet to see if you're getting all the right nutrients to keep your eyes healthy.

You can find Eye on Nutrition here.

Eye on Nutrition asks about your eye health history, and whether anyone in your family has been diagnosed with an eye disease such as age-related macular degeneration. It also asks about things you do that might affect eye health, such as smoking.

Just how can your diet help your eyes? Well, corn, spinach and kale contain antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin, which studies say may show promise in reducing the risk of cataract and macular degeneration.

More Information

The National Institutes of Health has some helpful information on eyes and health.

SOURCE: Vitamin Nutrition Information Service news release, June 27, 2002
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