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NDSU Extension Family Nutrition Program
Nourish Your Eyes

When was the last time you had a full eye exam? About 16 million people in the U.S. age 45 and older report some vision loss.

Regular vision checkups are very important. The most debilitating eye diseases are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and refractive errors. The greatest risk factor for most eye diseases, especially AMD, is age.

Several of us may be more likely to have AMD later in life because our relatives have or had AMD. We cannot change our genetic inheritance, but all of us should consider preventing AMD through a variety of methods; the first is regular eye exams. The dilated-pupil exam allows your eye doctor to have a comprehensive look at the macula.

Good nutrition is also vital, and fruits, vegetables, and eggs are particularly important for eye health. Several studies in the last ten years have suggested certain vitamins and other nutrients may reduce vision loss. Diets rich in carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, may help prevent or delay AMD progression. Taking an eye supplement containing lutein and zeaxanthin is not a replacement for an inadequate diet. Substances in green, leafy vegetables and omega-3 fats, found in walnuts and certain fish, may also be effective in preventing AMD.

Be sure to protect your eyes from environmental stressors. Overexposure to sunlight early in life is a risk factor. Fair-skinned people seem to be more prone to AMD.

If you’d like to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle to improve your eye health, the North Dakota State University Extension Service can help. The Extension Office in Renville County is holding a class at 1:00 p.m. on May 2nd at the Mohall Friendly Neighbors Center.

You can also visit the program’s website at to sign up for the free monthly newsletter. Also, you can receive daily education by liking the Renville County NDSU Extension Service Facebook page.

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