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ROLE OF ANTIOXIDANTS IN EYE HEALTH

Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by unstable molecules (free radicals) that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. The sources of antioxidants can be natural or artificial. Certain plant-based foods are thought to be rich in antioxidants. Plant-based antioxidants are a kind of plant-based nutrient. Fruits and vegetables such as carrot, orange, dark green leafy vegetables, lettuce etc are rich sources of antioxidants for the eyes.


1.1 to 1.4 million adults in Nigeria have glaucoma,

most of whom are not aware that they have the disease.

One in every 20 Nigerians aged 40 years and above has glaucoma,

and one in five being blind.


Studies have shown that the prevalence of cataract blindness among people aged 50 and above ranged between 2.1 and 3.8% in Northern Nigeria and 4.1% in the Niger Delta. It was 0.84% in South-Western Nigeria.


Certain vitamins are essential for maintaining good eye health. Many are powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes and other parts of the body from oxidative damage and inflammation. Deficiencies in particular vitamins can increase the risk of some eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Vitamins such as Vitamin A, B, C & E and nutrients such as Lutein, zeaxanthine, zinc as well as Omega-3 fatty acids all work in synergy to improve the visual acuity and further slow the progression of eye defects resulting from the adverse effects of oxidative stress. It is salient, Nigerians incorporate diets rich in nutrients required to support and improve vision as well as nutritional supplements to promote healthful eye.


Visionace is a comprehensive nutritional supplement formulated by experts to provide nutrients that are deficient in people with eye defects ranging from glaucoma, cataract and other age-related macular degenerative diseases.