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Here’s why eating leafy greens could help prevent macular degeneration

A new study has shown that eating vegetable nitrates, found mainly in green leafy vegetables and beetroot, could help reduce your risk of developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research interviewed more than 2,000 Australian adults aged over 49 and followed them over a 15-year period. The research […]

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Secondhand smoke may damage children’s eyes, reveals study

In a study of Chinese children, a structure in the back of the eye became increasingly thin with increasing exposure to secondhand smoke, researchers report in JAMA Ophthalmology. “Secondhand smoking exposure in children is an important public health threat, affecting up to 40% of children,” said study co-author Jason Yam of The Chinese University of […]

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High levels of air pollution may raise the risk of ‘this’ degenerative eye disease

In a study of nearly 40,000 people in Taiwan, researchers found that high levels of exhaust could nearly double the risk of the age-related eye condition, which damages the macula, the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision. People with AMD have trouble seeing straight ahead. Only people with the highest exposure to […]

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Smoking can have hazardous effects not just on your lungs, but your eyes too

Despite the clear connection, only one in five people in the UK recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). That is because tobacco smoke can […]

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Poor nutrition can lead to sight loss in later life, says study

The study, led by Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka, has shown how retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in the eye become damaged due to poor nutrition, but also revealed a potential new treatment route through which these cells could be rescued before diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develop. AMD is an irreversible blinding disease caused […]

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Heavy cigarette smoking could damage your vision, warn researchers

New research suggests that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage a person’s vision and disrupt their ability to see colours. In a study comparing smokers and non-smokers, Dr Steven Silverstein and colleagues from Rutgers University found that smokers could not differentiate between colours as well as non-smokers could and were less able […]

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Maintaining healthy vision can help elders stay mentally sharp

The results suggest that vision fixes, like a new eyeglass prescription or surgery to remove cataracts, can go a long way toward helping older people stay mentally sharp, said lead author D. Diane Zheng of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Taking care of your vision is important in order to maintain good […]

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