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Lack of Eye pigment associated with AMD risk

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Ireland. Researchers with a team at the Waterford Institute of Technology have discovered that an increase in body weight may reduce a protective eye pigment. This reduction in the protective eye pigment is associated with an increase in risk for developing age-related macular degeneration. This protective pigment can be gained from eating vegetables and fruits and the pigment filters out blue light. Blue light damages the macula which is the central part of the retina at the back of the eye. The macula is responsible for the 'straight-ahead' vision which is essential for everyday activities. The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are found at the center of the macula.? They are referred to as macular pigment and are believed to play a role in eye function and protect against AMD. While age is still the main risk factor for AMD, there are things to be done to help reduce the progression such as eating a balanced diet, and maintaining blood pressure. There are several VisiVite Formulas that include Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Andrea Schumann Staff Writer

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