Chemical Changes in the Eye Can Lead to Vision Loss; Try these Foods to Protect your Eyes

It is very natural for your vision to deteriorate as you age, but it looks like it may not just be the age factor that can affect your vision. According to a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh, chemical changes in the eye can lead to blindness in middle age.

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Chemical Changes in the Eye Can Lead to Vision Loss; Try these Foods to Protect your Eyes

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  1. It is very natural for your vision to deteriorate as you age
  2. There is a genetic condition that causes vision loss
  3. This serious condition is incurable and can affect night vision
It is very natural for your vision to deteriorate as you age, but it looks like it may not just be the age factor that can affect your vision.  According to a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh, chemical changes in the eye can lead to blindness in middle age. The findings, published in the journal of Nature Communications, suggest that there is a genetic condition that causes vision loss for one in 3,000 people in the United Kingdom.

The team of researchers examined how changes in a gene- known as RPGR can damage eye cells to cause disorder known as X-linked retinitis pigmentosa- a chronic hereditary eye disease that is characterized by black pigmentation and gradual degeneration of the retina. This serious condition is incurable and can affect night and peripheral vision before gradually causing blindness in middle age. Photoreceptors that decay in retinitis pigmentosa patients- differed in their fundamental structure when compared to those from family members. When RPGR is flawed, the structure is affected and photoreceptors cannot function properly, leading to sight loss.

Your diet plays an important role in protecting and strengthening your vision, hence you must include these healthy foods in your daily diet.

1. Apricots

Due to its beta-carotene content, apricot is beneficial for your eyes. Studies show that a regular intake of apricots may reduce the risk of macular degeneration by 25 percent.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli has a useful amount of lutein, an antioxidant that promotes eye health. The fiber rich vegetable contains high amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene along with zeaxanthin. So, don’t forget to toss it in your salads and sauces.

3. Flax seeds

Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that strengthen the nerves in the eyes. Add them in your smoothies and cereals.

4. Almonds and Walnuts

Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a rich a source of mineral, zinc and vitamin E. Munching on these snacks will help you in building sharp eyesight.

5. Citrus fruits

High amount of vitamin C present in citrus fruits like lemon, berries and oranges helps in promoting eye health. They also are a rich sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.


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