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US: Fruit and veg aids healthy eyesight

The recently released results of a study appear to demonstrate that consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables can significantly lower the risk of eye problems.

The research was carried out by Louise Katz from the Columbia State University and involved the polling of over 400 students at the institution to discuss their eating habits and needs for visual correction.

The results revealed that 60 per cent of young people had myopia or the early stages of near-sightedness, with many using contact lenses or glasses to correct the problem.

However, this was much lower in students who regularly ate fresh produce, suggesting that a healthy lifestyle can benefit eyesight.

Professor Katz said that more work is need to prove the initial results of the study, which is published in the Journal of Behavioural Optometry, but the primary evidence is promising as a means of averting vision problems.


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