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Date:5/21/2009

iency can impair retinal function. The belief that eating carrots improves vision has some truth, but a variety of vegetables, especially leafy green ones, should be an important part of your diet. Researchers have found people on diets with higher levels of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are less likely to develop early and advanced AMD.

Baseline eye exam - Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening from an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy specializing in eye care) at age 40 -- the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. Based on the results of the initial screening, the ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams. Anyone with symptoms or a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure should see an ophthalmologist to determine how frequently your eyes should be examined.

Eye protection - An estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year, so it is critical to wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries during sports such as hockey and baseball and home projects such as home repairs, gardening, and cleaning. For most repair projects and activities around the home, standard ANSI-approved protective eyewear will be sufficient. Sports eye protection should meet the specific requirements of that sport; these requirements are usually established and certified by the sport's governing body and/or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Know your family history - Many eye diseases cluster in families, so you should know your family's history of eye disease because you may be at increased risk.
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