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Eat Your Way to Healthy Eyes

Macular Degeneration (MD) is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina that cause progressive, painless loss of central vision, affecting the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognize faces.

MD is the leading cause of blindness in Australia and is primarily age related. One in seven people over the age of 50 are affected by the disease and the incidence increases with age. Due to this it is sometimes referred to as Age Related Macular Degeneration or 'AMD'.

Although there is no cure for MD, there are treatment options that can slow down its progression, depending on the stage and type of the disease (wet, dry, and other forms). The earlier the disease is detected, the more vision you are likely to retain.

In 2009 the Macular Degeneration Foundation officially launched the Eating for Eye Health cookbook. The Foundation partnered with Australian media icon and Patron of the MD Foundation, Ita Buttrose, and leading Sydney chef, Vanessa Jones, to produce the Eating for Eye Health cookbook.

It's expertise in this area, her passion and tireless dedication combined with the enthusiasm and talent of chef Vanessa Jones has produced the first comprehensive cookbook for eye health. It provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas using eye health friendly foods, as well as important information on nutrients essential for eye health.

Ita Buttrose first became involved with the MD Foundation three years ago because her late father, Charles, a celebrated journalist and author, suffered from MD as did his three siblings. "Dad died about ten years ago, but he lost his sight in his eighties," Ms Buttrose explained. "It was terrible for him because, as a journalist and author, he started the day reading the papers," Ms Buttrose said. "That's why I'm passionate about eye health and that's why I'm involved with the MD Foundation."

Chef Vanessa Jones is also passionate about good eye health because her Uncle Laurie has MD. "I am well aware of its devastating effects. I promised him the first copy of the book," she said. The cookbook is essential in the kitchen and it is a wonderful gift for birthdays, Christmas or even a Father's Day present!

Special offer

Feast for Living in conjunction with eyecessories is offering Feast For Living readers the opportunity to purchase Eating for Eye Health from www.eyecessories.com.au  Every cookbook sold supports the Macular Degeneration Foundation. Get your copy of Eating for Eye Health for $32.65 inclusive of GST and postage and handling next day delivery.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:33

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