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New Studies Show That Seafood Might Help Protect Senior Eyesight While Retinal Test May Help Early Detection Of Glaucoma

December 1, 2010: 07:19 AM EST

Two new studies published at the American Academy of Ophthalmology journal show that eating some forms of seafood might help protect older people’s eyesight, while measuring the eyes’ retinal nerve cell functionality may help detect glaucoma early. The John Hopkins School of Medicine study found corroborative evidence that older people whose regular diet included fish and shellfish rich in Omega-3, a nutrient thought to be essential to eye health, reduces the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the US among white people. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine study, on the other hand, discovered that a pattern electroretinogram optimized for glaucoma screening (PERGLA) can measure dysfunctions in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) at the outset of glaucoma and help early detection and treatment evaluation of the disease.

"Omega-3s in Fish, Seafood May Protect Seniors’ Eyes", American Academy of Opthalmology, December 01, 2010, © American Academy of Opthalmology
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