Macular Degeneration Tag

Omega 3 fatty acids are important for eye health as they can decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration and are also therapeutic for patients with dry eye syndrome. Where do we get Omega 3’s? For most of us, we find all the Omega 3 our body can use in fish and fish oil. Since summer is a great time for fresh fish, we thought it important to remind you to fill your summer (and your tummy) with lots of great fresh fish.

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Want another way to get Omega 3’s? To get the same amount of Omega 3 that you would get form 1 fillet of salmon you would need to eat a dozen eggs.  Omega 3 eggs are a great eye food however; they don’t replace fish in the diet. Eating 2 servings of wild salmon (Alaska) per week and 2 servings of other cold-water fish will provide your body with an omega-3 intake equivalent to 850 mg of DHA and EPA per day. By comparison one omega-3 egg contains approximately 125mg of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids).  Although they are not a replacement for DHA and EPA in fish, eggs are a great source of other eye nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E and zinc.

February is recognized as Low Vision Awareness Month to bring awareness to conditions that are not often curable, but in some cases preventable. One of those conditions is AMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration. AMD cannot be reversed, but it can be reduced and often managed. The National Eye Institute has shared this infographic showing some of the risk factors that contribute to AMD and some of things we can all do as we age to reduce our risks. AMD is best managed when caught early. A comprehensive eye exam by one of the independent eye doctors inside Europtics  is one way to give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Click here  or call the closest Europtics location to schedule an exam today!

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)