Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is caused by the deterioration of health of the central portion of the retina, the macula, and this can result in loss of certain visual functions such as our ability to read, recognize faces and colors, drive a car, and see objects in fine detail.
As humans age, the likelihood for developing eye diseases increases. Since AMD has few symptoms in its early stages, it is important to have your eyes examined regularly.
Although there is no cure for AMD, there are treatments available to maintain vision loss. There is also clear evidence that certain dietary choices can help reduce the chances of AMD from developing and progressing. A Mediterranean-inspired diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, has been associated with a lower incidence of AMD development. Here is a list of foods to consider packing for lunch or making for dinner to help ward off AMD.
Fruits & Vegetables
Antioxidants are protective against AMD; therefore you should eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. While this may sound like a lot, a serving is really only a half a cup of most foods or one cup of leafy greens.
Fresh veggies such as carrots, corn, spinach, kale, tomatoes, peppers, sweet potato, and avocado.
Add vegetables to sandwiches, wraps and salads. Chop up portions of broccoli, bell peppers and celery, and don’t forget to pile on the fresh mixed greens and spinach.
Fresh fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges, clementines, pears, grapes, nectarines and peaches.
Canned fruit – Try individual serving cups or cans of mandarin oranges, peaches or fruit cocktails that are canned in juice, not syrup.
Incorporate whole grains into your meals. Consider making that sandwich or wrap on 100% whole wheat bread or a whole wheat wrap or pita. If you’re trying to cut back on carbohydrates in your diet, consider a low-carb version instead. You can also try quinoa or quick-cooking barley.
Try incorporating foods rich in omega-3’s into your meals:
Fresh or canned salmon
Fresh or canned beans
Hard boiled eggs
Some Extras for Flavor and Health
Lime and lemon juice
It does take some planning and effort to follow an AMD diet, but bringing a homemade lunch and additional healthy snacks to work is an easy step towards a healthier lifestyle and better vision.
To learn more about AMD and a macular degeneration diet, schedule an appointment at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
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