Discover the benefits of good nutrition and its impact on eye health.

Losing clear vision can be a distressing experience.  However, for those concerned about the common vision diseases of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts, a nutritional approach may be the very rescue that is needed.  Emerging science suggests that a focussed nutrition program is critical to maintaining eye health whatever your age or stage of life.  Some studies also indicate that supplementation with micro-nutrients and herbals may be useful.

Course outline:

This course will teach you how to boost and protect your eye health with nutritional and lifestyle strategies.
  • A brief discussion of visual function and the four major limiting eye diseases – macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.
  • A brief biochemical overview of nutrient delivery to the eye.
  • How lifestyle and dietary factors may impinge on healthy vision – stress, activity, foods and beverages, supplements, VDU exposure (computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones), and sleep etc.
  • Construction of a vision friendly eating plan including specific nutrients and foods that research indicates are vital for healthy vision.
  • How beneficial lifestyle changes can enhance vision – including exercise, sleep patterns, reading and VDU guidelines.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding a simple overview of degenerative eye disease.
  • Learning to develop balanced healthy lifestyle and eating practices focussed on the reduction and prevention of vision loss.

Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who has concerns about vision loss and is motivated to change their eating and lifestyle habits to prevent vision decline.

About the Presenter

 Vicki Martin-MacKay, DipHSc, Registered Dietitian

Vicki is a Registered Dietitian with many years of nutritional counselling and teaching experience.  She has a private nutrition practice specialising in assisting those with challenging health conditions utilising both integrative nutrition and complementary medicine approaches.  Vicki has completed a naturopathic diploma and studied traditional Chinese medicine extensively in China and Japan.  Currently she is studying towards a Masters’ Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. Vicki strives to bring a balance of both clinical nutritional experience and evidence based study to her practice and teaching.

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