Monday, August 9, 2010

August is Cataracts Awareness Month!

Keep Your Eye on the Veggies during Cataract Awareness Month

An estimated 22 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that prevents the passage of light needed for vision. However, with regular eye check-ups, cataracts do not have to lead to vision loss for most Americans. What you eat can help protect your vision, too.

Look for foods that provide vitamins E and C, two eye-healthy antioxidants. Vitamin E is found in nuts, vegetable oils, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes; vitamin C is found in foods like oranges, grapefruit, spinach and broccoli.

And consider this: A preliminary study suggests caffeine also might have an anti-cataract effect. So, your next cup of coffee just might keep your eyes healthy and open.

Produced by ADA’s Public Relations Team

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