Dr. Sandy Feldman Outlines Benefits of a Healthy Diet and Exercise on Eyesight
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the New Year comes many
resolutions, including resolving to exercise more and eat better. While many
individuals understand that nutrition and exercise play an important role in
helping to prevent diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disorders, not many may
be aware that these two elements have a significant impact on one's vision as
well. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, a renowned ophthalmologist and corneal expert at
Clearview Eye & Laser Center in San Diego, advises patients to examine their
physical fitness and eating habits in order to achieve optimum vision.
"Many people may not realize that the same foods that are good for your heart
and arteries are also beneficial for your eyesight," said Dr. Feldman. "Foods
such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, which contain lutein and zeaxanthin, have
been known to help reduce the risk of cataracts. Lutein helps to protect the
eyes by forming pigments in the macula, which help to filter out harmful
wavelengths that can damage the eye. Likewise, vitamins C, E, and zinc have been
known to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)."
As evidenced by studies conducted by Tufts University and Johns Hopkins
University, there is a direct correlation between good nutrition, weight loss
and maintenance, and healthy eyes. Eating a healthy diet enables individuals to
maintain a healthy weight, which helps to reduce the risk of obesity-related
conditions such as type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to
blindness in adults. "The ideal formula is the combination of both a healthy
diet and exercise," said Dr. Feldman. "Each component works hand-in-hand to help
individuals become and stay healthy in all parts of the body."
While nutrition has proven to be helpful in reducing the risk of vision-related
disorders, similarly exercise has also been proven to help reduce the risk of
eye conditions such as cataracts and AMD. Regular physical activity causes an
increase in heart rate, which in turn helps the heart muscles to work more
efficiently. The efficiency by which blood is pumped through the circulatory
system helps to reduce pressure in the nerves, including the ocular nerve.
Excess eye fluid pressure, or ocular nerve pressure, can lead to vision
disorders and in extreme cases, irreversible blindness.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), approximately 22
million Americans age 40 and over have cataracts, while more than half of
Americans will have cataracts by the time they reach the age of 80. The AAO also
estimates that more than 2 million Americans age 50 and over suffer from
Dr. Feldman advises patients to examine their exercise and eating habits, and
make modifications if necessary, in order to protect their eyesight.
About Dr. Sandy T. Feldman
As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman has participated
in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies
of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which
the fitting of contact lenses can become challenging. In 2009, she was one of
ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen
Forbes Magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf award, and
in 2011, she was awarded Top Doc San Diego, inducted into the prestigious
American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was one of nation's 15 leading laser
eye surgeons as seen in Newsweek magazine. In 2013, Clearview Eye & Laser
Medical Center was voted best LASIK center in San Diego by CityBeat Magazine.
Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American
Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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