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Hot Off the Press—What’s New in Eye News This Month

Drinking Coffee Can Protect Your Eyes

If you love your java like me, you’ll be happy to know that a recent study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that java drinkers (1 to 2 cups per day) were less likely to develop primary late onset blepharospasm.

This condition is marked by involuntary eye spasms that cause people to blink uncontrollably, effectively leaving them functionally “blind.”

The Italian study asked patients in five hospitals how much coffee they drank in a day (and also how many cigarettes they smoked; previous studies had suggested a protective link between smoking and blepharospasm).

The study’s findings “raise doubt about the association of smoking and blepharospasm, but strongly suggest coffee as a protective factor.”

So enjoy that espresso with eyes wide open!

Fish: Not Just Brain Food Anymore

If you’ve been reading our past newsletters, you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is no joke.

This common condition occurs, according to Medical News Today, “when the macula, the area at the back of the retina that produces the sharpest vision, deteriorates over time.”

AMD is the most common cause of blindness for folks over 40, affecting more than 7 million.

Recent research has shown that another powerful vision protector is as close as your local supermarket.

According to two reports in the May issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, people who have high dietary intake of foods with omega-3 fatty acids and who also consume high quantities of fish have a “reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.”

What does that mean for your menu?

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group found that “eating more than two medium (4-ounce) servings of fish per week or more than one medium serving of broiled or baked fish was associated with the lowest risk for advanced AMD.”

Omega-3 fatty acids are available as supplements and also are found in oily fish such as wild salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines.

Carbohydrates: Friend or Foe? Well, That Depends

In another AMD-related study, scientists found that the disease may be related to the quality of carbohydrates an individual consumes.

Carbs have been in the news seemingly for years now, with diet faddists coming down on both sides.

But in a issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a Tufts University researcher and colleagues confirmed earlier findings linking dietary glycemic index with the risk of developing AMD—in other words, carbs themselves aren’t the problem; it’s the specific types of carbs that can cause damage.

Still confused?

Well, the glycemic index (GI) measures foods based on how quickly their carbohydrates are converted to blood sugar, or glucose.

Those foods that raise glucose levels fast are assigned a “high” GI and are the ones to stay away from.

Such yummy foods as white rice, pasta and bread raise blood sugar faster than their whole-wheat counterparts and thus have a high GI.

The whole-wheat versions are considered higher-quality carbohydrates because they are associated with a slower and less dramatic rise and fall of blood sugar.

The study concluded that the risk for AMD may be lessened by improving dietary carbohydrate quality, as defined by dietary glycemic index.

So what’s for dinner?

If you value your vision, some broiled salmon with brown rice and a cup of joe sounds mighty good right now...

Vision Facts of the Month

* Eyes utilize 65% of all the pathways to the brain.

* Eyes in a normal life-span, will bring you almost 24 million images of the world around you.

* The eye is the only part of the human body that can function at 100% ability at any moment, day or night, without rest. Your eyelids need rest, the external muscles of your eyes need rest, the lubrication of your eyes requires replenishment, but your eyes themselves "never" need rest.

But please rest them!

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