TUFTS UNIVERSITY AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PIN THEIR SIGHTS ON HEALTHY EYES

TUFTS UNIVERSITY AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PIN THEIR SIGHTS ON HEALTHY EYES


A PERSON’S DIET NOT ONLY
AFFECTS THEIR WEIGHT OR HEART FUNCTION, IT CAN
ALSO AFFECT THEIR VISION. A SCIENTIST WITH TUFTS
UNIVERSITY AND THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE’S AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE IS
PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN THE STUDY OF PROLONGED
VISUAL FUNCTION. ALLEN TAYLOR: Our lab is
to ask why people when they get older confront
age-related eye diseases such as age-related
macular degeneration and cataracts. There should
be a renewed commitment to prevention and
health maintenance. We’ve lost sight of the
fact that we have an option to do something
about our health including maintaining our health
by healthier eating. KEEPING OUR EYES HEALTHY
IS VERY IMPORTANT. DOCTOR TAYLOR SAYS THAT
OVER EIGHTY PERCENT OF ELDERLY AMERICANS SUFFER
FROM CATARACTS AND OVER THIRTY PERCENT HAVE
SOME FORM OF AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION. TAYLOR: Public health
care shouldn’t just be the treatment of disease, it
should be delaying the onset of age-related
compromises and disease and that’s the kind
of research that this building can accomplish
and our lab in particular is one of the few labs in
the world whose objective is to maintain vision
rather than treat already compromised vision
known to the elderly. USDA support has been
crucial to allow long-term planning of
nutrition-based research to occur here at
Tufts University. FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE, I’M MARK ENNIS.

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