In order for us to safeguard an excellent vision and to know how to protect ourselves from cataract and age-related macular degeneration, we had this quick conversation with Dr. George Cherfan, founder and medical director of Beirut Eye Specialist Hospital, general ophthalmologist, vitreous and retina specialist.
We hear much said about lutein and zeaxanthin; but what are they exactly?
Both lutein and zeaxanthin have good antioxidant properties and they play a role in protecting the eye from the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataract. Essentially, these are found in yellow colored fruits and vegetables and in most dark green colored leafy vegetables. Also, the egg yolk is a good source of lutein which is better absorbed by the body than that found in vegetables.
What are the foods considered beneficial for our eyes?
In this regard, we must have a good intake of foods rich in Omega-3 which have a protective effect for our vision and which can help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. As you know, omega-3 is found in oily fish, nuts, canola oil, etc.
What is the relation between magnesium and eyelid twitches?
In fact, there may be a relation between these two. Sometimes, such eyelid twitches are felt when the body is passing by a greatly stressing period. In such a case, and since the nerves of the eyelids are quite sensitive, they produce such twitches. As such, a magnesium-rich food plan may be beneficial in this case. Magnesium is found in green vegetables and legumes.
Finally, let me say that I always advise going for healthy and organic food. Also, I wish to say that people who are more prone to eye problems because of family history should, and after the age of 50, seek medical advice on the importance of taking vitamin and antioxidant supplements that can help in this case. But, this must always be treated on a case by case basis and according to the advice of their doctor and under his/her control.