One in seven Canadians may be living with some form of vision loss that could be corrected, reveals a study released by CNIB and the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry as part of Vision Health Month. Meanwhile, other results from the study indicate that more than one-third of Canadians over age 40 could actually have eye disease, despite having normal vision. The study found that participants who had a longer time lapse since their last eye exam were more likely to have vision loss.
Relationship between nutrition and eye health too often ignored
The Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS) recently issued a warning, claiming that efforts need to be made to educate people about the role of nutrition in supporting eye health. According to the ONS, essential nutrients, such as zinc, vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids, are often missing from the North American diet. The population knows little about how these deficiencies affect eye health and few people take dietary supplements to make up for the loss.
Source: Capsule DotClip Vol 12 No 11 May 25, 2012