May is Healthy Vision Month, developed to promote the importance of early detection and treatment to prevent vision loss. Macular degeneration, a loss of vision in the center of the visual field, affects older people, and is caused by damage to the retina. It makes it hard or impossible to recognize faces, but typically there is enough peripheral vision to allow the person to do daily living elder care NJ activities.
Tips to maintain healthy eyesight:
- Eat foods rich in carotenoids. Examples: spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli, mango, green beans, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, squash, bell peppers, okra, corn
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C. Examples: oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, strawberries, leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, cantaloupe
- Eat foods rich in vitamin E. Expamples: nuts, whole grains, eggs, fruit, wheat germ, vegetable oil
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Examples: walnuts, tuna, sardines, salmon
- Take vitamins specially formulated for Macular Degeneration
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