SOURCE: Feel Good for Life

June 19, 2008 03:01 ET

Multivitamins May Help Prevent Vision Loss Reports on Research That Says Blindness and Vision Impairment Is on the Rise; a Multivitamin Supplement May Help Prevent Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - More than 30 million adults over 40 suffer from cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma, according to a recent study. The situation is getting worse and is predicted to double in the next 30 years. Although surgery is an option for some, prevention is possible with early detection according to research reported on by Multivitamins, and especially zinc, vitamins A and C, beta-carotene and anti-oxidants, may help.

The updated study, Vision Problems in the U.S., conducted by Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute, found that age-related macular degeneration rose 25 percent since 2002. Diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts are also prevalent and the incidence of these diseases is expected to increase.

Vision loss affects the quality of life for millions of Americans according to Prevent Blindness America. Educating the public to ensure they understand the need for regular eye care is of primary concern. As adult vision problems in the United States cost $51.4 billion annually, reducing vision problems could also save significant healthcare dollars.

To prevent eye disease, experts advise wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, reading with adequate light, regular eye exams, a healthy diet, no smoking, and multivitamins.

Although several vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are specifically beneficial to the eyes -- vitamins A, C, D, E, beta-carotene, zinc, other anti-oxidants and lutein being the most prominent -- healthy eyes are dependent on overall good health. Diabetes, for example, is a major cause of eye disease and, along with eating a healthy diet, may be prevented with B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B3. Macular degeneration has been associated with vitamin A deficiency, and glaucoma with inadequate thiamine (vitamin B1) and B12.

In fact, some experts feel that a deficiency of even one nutrient can cause vision problems. Taking multivitamins, rather than just those designated for eye care, may be vital to save your vision.

June is Vision Research Month. For scientists and doctors, that research will be conducted in labs and through clinical studies. For the layman, this month would be best spent finding a good eye doctor and adopting a healthy diet, including a good multivitamin supplement.

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