Blindness treatment: Eat THIS £1 food to cut risk of vision loss

Eating leafy green kale could reduce the risk of developing AMD.

Kale is rich in the antioxidant lutein, which is needed for healthy eyes.

Lutein could dramatically reduce the number of severe AMD cases, research has revealed.

The antioxidant, which is also found in spinach, carrots, broccoli and eggs, could also be taken as a supplement to reduce the risk of developing AMD.

Medical nutritionist and GP, Dr Sarah Brewer, said: “Lutein is a vitamin-like carotenoid produced by plants, which contributes to the colour of some fruit and vegetables, such as sweetcorn, orange and yellow peppers and the bright yellow of egg yolk.

“The body cannot make this antioxidant pigment itself, so eating a diet that is rich in lutein is vital as it is needed for healthy eyes.

“Dark green leaves such as kale and spinach are also good sources, as are eggs, but if you don't eat these regularly lutein supplements are available.”

Brewer’s comments came after a 2015 study revealed both lutein and the antioxidant zeaxanthin played a role in reducing the risk of AMD.

The study investigated the effects of lutein supplements on AMD development.

Patients taking either 10mg or 20mg of lutein supplements, over a 48-week period, saw a significant rise in retinal sensitivity.

A separate study revealed taking daily supplements of lutein (10mg) and zeaxanthin (2mg) for five years reduced the risk of AMD developing by between 10 and 25 per cent.

Brewer said: “It’s great news that simply taking a supplement may prevent AMD, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in later life.

“It interferes greatly with quality of life, too, as loss of central vision means you can’t read a book or newspaper.

“These studies are convincing and this is a supplement that I intend to start taking.”

AMD is a condition that causes patients to lose their central vision.

Vision becomes blurry when looking straight ahead, and becomes increasingly worse.

There is currently no cure for AMD, according to the NHS.



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