Episode 13: Eat For Your Eyes

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In this episode, I invite Ophthalmology registrar and colleague Dr Lilani onto the podcast to talk about how food can affect our ocular health.

We talk about

  • The intersection between food and lifestyle with the speciality of ophthalmology
  • Healthy eating can be a very important consideration in eye health
  • Major causes of eye disease
  • The AREDS study and its impact on slowing the progression of macular degeneration
  • Cataracts and retinopathy
  • How food is useful in potentially preventing cataracts and retinopathy
  • Dry eye and how to prevent it
  • Eye strain and tips to prevent sight related headaches
  • Micronutrients in food and how they relate to your eyes
  • Dr Lilani explains some of the issues that patients face and talks us through some conditions that are often dealt with in clinic
  • Eye exercises and tips
  • Treatment, prevention, and/or slowing progression of a number of age‐related ocular diseases

If you think you may be suffering from any issues with your eyes – then please contact your GP or your optician in the first instance.

As with other health related conditions, the eye is no different and improvements in diet and lifestyle can be beneficial to your eye health. Including focusing on nutrient dense ingredients, eating more fruits and vegetables and lowering consumption of processed foods and high sugar foods.

Easy lifestyle changes such as the amount of screen time that we are exposing ourselves to, along with the amount and quality of sleep are worth considering.

Listen to the episode for more in depth information on ‘eating for your eyes’, and try out some of the recipes in my book, on the website and and across social media

Guest: Dr Lilani Abeywickrama

Dr Lilani Abeywickrama is an ophthalmology registrar based in London.

I completed an MSc in the Biology of Vision, the focus of my masters was on Thyroid Eye Disease. This is what sparked my interest in how various systemic pathologies affect the eye and how lifestyle factors and our diet affect this tiny organ.

Working in Switzerland for a year also allowed me to better understand the impact of lifestyle factors on other populations within my speciality.

Some helpful resource links:

contact lens wearing: http://mbio.asm.org/content/7/2/e00198-16.full
microbiome and ophthalmic disease


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