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 www.mdfoundation.com.au