Medical News and Perspectives
July 6, 2005

Studies Probe Diet’s Role in Eye Disease

JAMA. 2005;294(1):32-33. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.32

Fort Lauderdale, Fla—New research findings reveal that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and taking antioxidant supplements may help prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Several studies have suggested that dietary factors play a key role in reducing the incidence and progression of AMD. For example, a cocktail of antioxidants (supplements of vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc) has been shown to reduce the risk of developing advanced (wet) AMD by about 25% (Age-related Eye Disease Study [AREDS] Research Group. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119:1417-1436). Ongoing findings from AREDS, a prospective cohort study, and other studies presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in May are helping to further elucidate the role of diet and supplements.

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