Healthy Vision & the Aging Eye

Healthy vision is one of our most treasured senses. However, many of us take it for granted until it begins to fail. As with your overall physical health, vision health benefits from proper nutrition, regular exercise, and vitamin supplements.

The incidence of age-related eye diseases is expected to rise with the aging of the population. Oxidation and inflammation are implicated in the etiology of these diseases. There is evidence that dietary antioxidants and anti-inflammatories may provide benefit in decreasing the risk of age-related eye disease.

Nutrients of interest are:

While a recent survey finds that among the baby boomers (45–65 years old), vision is the most important of the five senses, well over half of those surveyed were not aware of the important nutrients that play a key role in eye health.

The number of Americans age 55 years and older will almost double between now and 2030, from 60 million to 108 million (http://www.census.gov/prod/2010pubs/p25-1138.pdf). This age-group suffers an increased incidence of age-related diseases, including…

  • Cataracts

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Glaucoma

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Attention has focused on efforts to stop the progression of eye diseases or to prevent the damage leading to these conditions. Nutritional intervention is becoming recognized as a part of these efforts.

Compared to most other organs, the eye is particularly susceptible to oxidative damage due to its exposure to light and high metabolism.