Vitamin D And Eye Health

Data published in the April 2011 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology shows those women with the highest average daily vitamin D intake (15.1 mcg or 604 IU) had a 59% lower risk for AMD than those with the lowest average intake (7.9mcg or 316 IU). From analysis of blood samples from 1,313 women age 50 – 79 concluded than an inverse association existed between early AMD and blood vitamin D levels in women younger than 75 years. Those with the highest intake had the lowers risk, and vice versa (1).

important practices for vision protection: In addition to assuring that your diet is abundant in vision health promoting nutrients, including omega-3  fatty acids, carotenoids and vitamin D a few simple, easy lifetime practices can also help greatly.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Institute of Health
National Eye Institute


Some lifestyle choices, like smoking, are linked to AMD although it remains unknown if altering any of these would after impact of AMD if an individual. Nevertheless, the following choices may have an impact on AMD and certainly promote healthy living, including the following:
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Exercising
  • Maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Eating a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish


In addition to an overall healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, the avoidance of smoking, and maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, GNLD recommends a diet abundant in nutrients that promote healthy vision, including omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, and vitamin D. When daily factors such as food choice availability and hectic schedules leave gaps in the diet, the GNLD supplements can be trusted to fill the gaps.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness
One of the accumulative effects from the steady stream of light that enters the eye is damage to the retina that causes the degeneration of the macula. This is the highly sensitive tissue at the centre of the retina that provides the tight focus associated with reading or telling one face from another. There are two forms of AMD called “dry” and “wet”. Though the processes are somewhat different, the outcome is the same – loss of central vision and possible detachment of the retina and ultimately legal blindness.

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(1) Millen AE, et al. Vitamin D status and early age related macular degeneration in postmenopausal women. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2011; 129(4): 481:489. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.48


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