ABUJA – Mr Philip Amiengheme, the President, Advocacy for the Prevention and Treatment of Non-Communicable Disease Initiative, an NGO, said eye infections like cataract and glaucoma could be prevented by consuming more fruits and vegetables.
He said “beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc, selenium, rutin, Alpha-Lipoic Acid derivable from fruits and vegetables have the capacity to prevent cataract and glaucoma and give you good eye sight.’’
He added that visual conditions such as short sightedness (myopia), long sightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism (presbyopia), lazy eyes (amblyopia), macular degeneration and glaucoma were caused by starvation of eyes of nutrients.
“Balanced diet means intake of foods that contain all the six classes of nutrients: protein, carbohydrate, fat, minerals, vitamins and water,’’Amiengheme said.
He said Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) were caused by a combination of poor diet, poor lifestyle and inadequate physical exercise.