The results of the latest research suggest that a balanced diet can protect our eyes and prevent the onset of glaucoma. Some nutrients such as vitamins A, B2 and B3 and omega-3 fatty acids can have a protective effect. They can be found in fresh carrots, kale, walnuts, peaches and oily fish (e.g., sardines). The risk of developing glaucoma can be further reduced with regular aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, aerobics) which keeps eye pressure under control, the renowned ophthalmologist Professor Barbara Cvenkel, MD, explains for X-Lab by JGL.
According to the estimates by the World Health Organization, there are a total of 2.2 billion people in the world who have an eye disease, and for at least a billion of them the disease could have been prevented. Apart from aging and genetic predispositions, eye health is influenced by many other factors we have control over ourselves, which enables us to prevent disease and improve our health. This is why leading ophthalmologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, otorhinolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, general practitioners, pharmacists and engineers are brought together at X-Lab — the expert research hub by JGL — to analyse the latest research and, by applying a holistic approach, to share with us how to take care of our eye health and why that is important for our whole bodies.