According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), one in three Americans have some form of vision impairing eye condition by age 65. Many don’t realize they have an eye problem, because there may be no warning symptoms or they associate declining eyesight with age. But a lack of awareness of basic ye health affects more than just vision. Many people with abnormal blood sugar levels are at risk of blindness- 25 times greater than those without. Annual eye exams, according to AAO, can detect eye disorders, help millions preserve their eyesight, and help detect other conditions like Hypertension, brain tumors, cancer, cardiovascular abnormalities and multiple sclerosis.
In addition to regular eye examinations, diet, exercise and lifestyle affect eye health. A diet high in fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids and low in cholesterol and saturated fats is helpful, particularly for people with abnormal blood sugar levels.
Studies have shown omega-3s to help prevent age related blindness and promote vision health and function in both adults and infants.
High intake of tocotrienols that some studies have associated with maintaining normal blood sugar levels can also help.
Pine bark extract is often recommended to support vision function and also good for retinal function.
Some carotenoids, such as zeaxanthin, astraxanthin and lutein, are associated with the promotion of normal eye health.
Many doctors also recommend Vitamin D to help prevent against age-related blindness.