Eye Health – a modern-day matter

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Our eye health is often taken for granted when we’re young. Vision change is a barometer of the nutritional status of eye tissue. What foods help deteriorate our vision? Why are brightly coloured fruits and vegetables important?

Our eye health is often overlooked and taken for granted when we’re young. Vision change is a sensitive barometer of nutritional status of the tissues in the eye.

Our eyes are important, and it’s only when their function is affected that we realize just how important! Imagine not being able to read, to watch TV or to drive the car.

One of the modern-day diseases causing concern is dimmed central vision, referred to medically as age-related macular degeneration or ARMD.

This disease is recognized now for the enormous impact it has on quality-of-life. Symptoms include images becoming blurry, colours being difficult to distinguish, straight lines appearing distorted or wavy, and central vision being blocked by dark or empty spaces.

Nutrients which have specific relevance to the eye in this regard are chromium, vanadium, folic acid, lipoic acid, methionine, vitamin A, C, E, B2, quercetin, zinc, betacarotene and carotenoids.

Many of these nutrients are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, celery, sweet peas, lettuce, turnip, sweet corn, cabbage and spinach, lemon, lime, pineapple, apricots, figs, grapes, peaches, banana and berries of any sort.

Bilberry is the herb of choice in eye health, and the benefits are well researched. It isespecially helpful for night vision. 


  • Why is eye health a “modern” issue?
  • What foods drive deterioration in our visual efficiency?
  • What make brightly coloured fruits and vegetables so important?
  • Do sunglasses help protect vision?

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Gerald Quigley

Gerald Quigley is a practising Community Pharmacist, as well as an Accredited Herbalist. These joint qualifications give Gerald a unique overview of health from a holistic perspective. The information in his blogs will not, and never should, take the place of direct consultation with a health professional.

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