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Nutrition for Macular Degeneration

Nutrition plays an important role in optimising macular health, and reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will be good for overall wellbeing as well as eye health. For some people an appropriate supplement may also be an important consideration.

Adopting these simple practices as a normal part of your diet can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, whether or not you have been diagnosed with the disease.

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
  • Eat fish two to three times a week
  • Choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
  • Eat a handful of nuts a week
  • Limit the intake of fats and oils
  • Keep a healthy lifestyle – maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly
  • Consider taking a suitable supplement in consultation with your doctor

Some additional tips for good eye health include:

  • Have your eyes tested and make sure the macula is checked
  • Don’t smoke
  • Use an Amsler grid daily to check for symptoms of macular degeneration
  • Protect your eyes from the sun, especially when young

For further information and support, or a free information kit, call the Macular Disease Foundation’s Helpline on 1800 111 709 or visit

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