Optometrist says 30p pill could help protect your eyesight as you get older

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As we age our eyesight will naturally decline, with Age-related Macular Degeneration the biggest cause of vision loss in the UK, affecting over 700,000 people in the UK

A 30p pill could be the secret to keeping your eyesight sharp, according to an eye expert.

Specialist optometrist Neil Laird at has revealed that two nutrients can help prevent vision loss as we get older. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting over 700,000 people, according to the Macular Society. It’s more common in those over 55 and causes dark spots in your vision and difficulty adjusting to light.

“While there is currently no known cure for AMD, studies have shown that there are nutrients that can play a huge part in helping prevent and slow down its development, helping you keep your sight for longer,” said Neil Laird from Pure Optical. The National Eye Institute’s AREDS2 Study found that Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which give fruits and vegetables their bright colours, can significantly reduce AMD development.

These natural pigments also act as antioxidants, helping to filter out harmful blue light and protect the healthy cells in the eye from damage. “Long-term exposure to blue light like that from our phones can quickly damage the healthy cells in our retina, leading to the early development of AMD,” said Laird. “However, lutein and zeaxanthin can absorb this blue light, helping protect the delicate cells of our eyes and slow down any damage.”

You can find lots of lutein and zeaxanthin in foods like egg yolks, spinach, pistachios and kale. It’s good to aim for 5-6 mg of each nutrient a day for any potential effect, reports Bristol Live. But, it can be hard to get enough of these nutrients just through your diet as they are not always in a ‘bioavailable’ form, meaning they aren’t always easy to absorb.

“You can combine lutein and zeaxanthin-rich foods with healthy fats to help them absorb, but daily supplements are just as good and can ensure that you are getting the correct amount needed to protect your eyes,” says Laird. Supplements such as Eyesight Plus can cost as little as 30p a day.

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