Food For Healthy Eyes | The eyes are the five senses are very important. Can imagine if we had eye damage or blindness, we can not enjoy and feel how beautiful the universe. In fact, we often forget to make eye care, but like other parts of the body, the eyes may be affected by disorders or health problems. The disorder can be caused by not clean or polluted, solar radiation, radiation caused too long in front of computers, and other disorders.
Studies conducted by the Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group (2004), estimates that by 2020, the number of people with eye disease and blindness in the world will reach 55 million people. The study mentions that the eye disease and blindness will increase, especially for those who have aged over 65 years. A person aged 80 years and above is an 8% of the total population, suffered blindness as much as 69%.
Health problems in eye, which is common occurrence is vision impairment, symptoms of red eyes without any decrease in visual function, and red eyes with decreased visual function. Until now, eye disease that affects many are cataract, glaucoma, and infection.
Along with the increased attention and knowledge, the effect of nutrition on health, especially the eye health, causing a rapidly growing market for eye health products. Most of these products are marketed for eye health now, is a product in the form of supplements.
In addition to antioxidant compounds (vitamins A, C, and E) that has previously been known to improve eye health, other compounds such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin, recently known as a compound that can improve the health of the eye.
Lutein is a yellow carotenoid family of compounds there is lots of green vegetables. Lutein in the macula and are believed to protect the eyes from oxidative damage by ultraviolet irradiation (UV).
Macula is located in the center of the retina and directly adjacent to the lens of the eye. Macula is a small area that contains millions of cells that help produce sharp eyesight to read or see objects clearly.
Other carotenoid compounds contained in the macula is zeaxanthin, which are known to provide benefits for eye health.