Did You Know Vitamin C Helps Protect Your Vision From the Leading Cause of Blindness?

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Vitamin C benefits your health in several ways, one of which is helping to protect your vision from cataracts- the number one cause of blindness in the world.

Cataracts are caused by protein buildup and oxidation which cloud the lens of the eye.  If left untreated, the condition can advance and eventually lead to a loss of vision.

The risk of developing cataracts increases with age.  However, studies indicate that consuming a diet rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of cataract progression by as much as one-third. Vitamin C helps reduce this risk because of its strength as an antioxidant, which prevents the eye from oxidizing and becoming cloudy.

Vitamin C is not produced naturally by the body, so we have to obtain our daily dose by taking supplements or eating foods such as:

  • Red or green peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Cabbage
  • Leafy greens

The daily recommended dose of vitamin C is 90 mg a day for men and 75 mg a day for women. However it is advised that you speak with a doctor to determine a healthy dose for you.

May is Healthy Vision Month; during this time Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is encouraging people to take National Eye Institute’s Five Steps for protecting their sight. The five steps include eating a healthy diet that promotes eye health, receiving a comprehensive eye exam, knowing your family’s health history, wearing protective eye wear while working or playing sports and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

The Department of Ophthalmology at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center offers a wide range of comprehensive medical, diagnostic and surgical services for those with vision and eye conditions. To make an appointment, please call 718-206-5900.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.