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Renville County Farmer
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NDSU Extension Family
Nutrition Program

By Trisha Jessen

Nourish Your Eyes
for Optimal Health
When was the last time you had a full eye exam? About 16 million people in the U.S. over the age of 45 report some vision loss, so 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. However, 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 also is vital, and fruits, vegetables, and eggs are particularly important for eye health. Taking an eye supplement such as lutein and zeaxanthin is not a replacement for an inadequate diet. Substances in green, leafy vegetables may be effective in preventing AMD, but scientists are not sure if the reason is lutein, zeaxanthin, or an unidentified substance in plant-based food. Eating the nutritious food is better than the supplement alone.

If youíd 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 Friday, April 10th at the Glenburn Senior Center. This class is part of NDSU Extensionís Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program. The program is designed to provide rural North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. If you arenít able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session, visit the programís website (www.ndsu.edu/boomers). Anyone can sign up for the free monthly newsletter by visiting the website.





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