Face the Science: Can Junk Food Cause Eye Disease?

Macular Degeneration Fargo, NDEven though a bag of Cheetos, a few Oreos, and some soda might do the trick to satisfy your afternoon hunger, you know that they aren’t going to do anything good for your waistline and blood sugar. But a new study released by the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) says that junk food may be equally as bad for your eyesight. Want to learn more? Read on.

What Are Fat Filled Snacks Doing to Your Eyesight?

According to this 2001 study that was recently pulled out of the archives by AMDF, patients who consumed foods high in saturated and monounsaturated fats were more likely to develop eye diseases like macular degeneration. Of the foods tested in the study include things like pre-packaged cookies, chips, margarine, french fries, chocolate, and commercially prepared pies and cakes.

What Does This Mean for You?

If you haven’t yet hopped onto the “organic” or “whole food” train, then this study may just be another reason to do so. In fact, patients in the same study who ate a diet high in omega 3-fatty acids and low in saturated fats, had better eyesight. Remember that the next time you have the option to eat pre-packaged sweets, chips, margarine, or french fries, that they are only causing further eye damage.

Although age is one of the primary causes of macular degeneration, diet also has adverse effects. If you are experiencing blurred vision or have the appearance of dark spots across your eye, come into see Dr. Steve Thom for an eye examination. During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Thom will test you for a wide variety of eye diseases and condition including macular degeneration. To learn more about macular degeneration or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!

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