AOA offers free updated nutrition, eye health materialsMay 7, 2013
With the release of the National Eye Institute-sponsored Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) now is a good time to remind patients of the importance of nutrition to good eye health. Getting the right nutrients every day helps protect eyes and keeps them healthy.
The AOA’s popular nutrition and eye health materials have been recently updated and redesigned to assist with counseling your patients on nutrition and better meet their needs for concise information.
“Six Essential Nutrients Your Eyes Need” (formerly “Recommended Nutrients for Healthy Eyes) is a convenient mini tear sheet (padded in 50s) and are still free of charge upon request. Food sources for each of six nutrients (lutein plus zeaxanthin, Omega-3, Vitamin C and E, and zinc) as well as current Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for patients at higher risk for certain eye diseases are included. This material (Item NG-3) is made possible by a generous educational grant from Kemin Health.
The revised “Feast Your Eyes” 12-page brochure (AOA item NG-1) provides an in-depth look at these six nutrients, including why our eyes need each one, in a visually appealing, easy-to-read format. This brochure is available for purchase.
For your convenience, both can be obtained by logging on to the AOA Online store by clicking on the “Nutrition” materials tab. AOA will be updating its materials later this year based on the AREDS2 study-recommended formula.