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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Diet 'can help people's eyesight'

People may be able to avoid claiming for eye-related problems on expat insurance policies if they maintain a good diet.

Head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society Cathy Yelf claimed evidence suggests vitamin D has a role to play in ocular health.

She suggested that individuals consume high levels of antioxidants – found in fruit and "green leafy vegetables" – in order to maintain good eyesight.

Furthermore, the specialist recommended maintaining a low weight and blood pressure while abstaining from smoking.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council researchers recently found the consumption of vitamin D significantly enhances the eyesight of older mice.

However, there is a genetic predisposition to worsening vision, Ms Yelf remarked.

Macular degeneration is a "complex condition in which our genes and our environment play a part", she pointed out.

It is also linked to the ageing process and everyone might develop the ailment if they lived for long enough, the expert stated.

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