Eating for eye health – it’s Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 21-27 May

Macular Degeneration (MD) is a leading cause of blindness in Australians.

About one in seven Australians or 1.15 million people over the age of 50 have some evidence of this disease.

The good news is that eating well can prevent or slow progression of this condition.

In particular, a diet high in leafy green vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds can reduce your risks, whether or not you have been diagnosed with the disease: the MD foundation recommends:


  • Limit the intake of fats and oils
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
  • Eat fish two to three times a week
  • Choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
  • Eat a handful of nuts a week


A recent CSIRO study estimated that only 24% of women and 15% of men were eating the recommended two fruits and five vegetables a day.  Not having enough fruits and vegetables is common but also increases the risk of developing MD.

Adjusting your diet is easy.  Start by learning more about your risks for MD.  Seek out information on what elements make up a healthy diet for your you and make gradual change to reduce your risks for MD .

For more good eating info visit these websites-

Carole Richards – Dietitian