The Mediterranean diet as a determinant of eye health

In this day and age, many factors affect our daily life and health, such as: environmental pollution, inadequate eating habits, unhealthy lifestyles.

One of the consequences of these situations has been a huge increase in eye diseases worldwide, such as cataracts, dry eye disorder, or diabetic retinopathy.

This, by no means, should be underestimated, as eye and vision health have extensive and overwhelming effects on the overall quality of life, affecting health, education, sustainable development, and even the economy. 

In addition, there is another important aspect, making this scenario even more complex, that should not be overlooked: namely, the lack of access to high-quality and even affordable eye care (https://www.jpmh.org/index.php/jpmh/article/view/2760/1024).

In the meeting held on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, between MAGISNAT researchers (www.magisnat-rd.com.) and the committee of the Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS (Rome, Italy), the aim was precisely to discuss this relevant issue and possible solutions (https://magisnat-rd.com/third-week-of-february-2023/).

In this meeting it was discussed that nutrition, being a key lifestyle factor, can also exert long-term effects on ocular health and play a key role in preventing visual dysfunction, which can lead to permanent visual impairment or even blindness.

Specifically, the Mediterranean Diet (MedDiet) has been in the limelight since the 1980s because of the many health benefits it offers, including eye health. The MedDiet, being characterized by the consumption of small amounts of red meat and by the intake of fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, citrus fruits, green vegetables, olives and their derivatives (particularly olive oil), and a proportionate amount of dairy products, helps to achieve maximum health benefits.

The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of these foods, together with plenty of physical activity, offer a valuable intervention in the fight against the tremendously increasing risk of ocular disorders—such as the progression of myopia, dry eye disorders, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. 

The intake of the recommended daily doses of certain micronutrients—such as minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and carotenoids—ensures good overall health and exerts positive effects on the eye and visual system health.

In short, the Mediterranean diet would seem to be the best solution for leading a healthy life and for preventing the possible occurrence of certain eye-related diseases.

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