Bankstown optometrist Mariella Coluccio and Ly Mounarath are encouraging healthy eating during Macular Disease Awareness Month in May.
EATING healthily, with a well-balanced diet - including carrots - could help you preserve your sight.
Bankstown optometrist Mariella Coluccio says eating carrots for healthy eyes is actually accurate.
"They contain a lot of vitamin A which is a nutrient essential for good vision," Dr Coluccio said.
"A good eye health diet isn't just limited to rabbit food though. We recommend that everyone eats fish regularly as well as milk, cheese, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and fresh fruit."
That's the message being delivered by optometrists during Macular Disease Awareness Month in May.
Studies have found that a well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk by 45 per cent of developing age-related macular degeneration, a sight-threatening eye disease that affects one in seven Australians over 50.
The co-owner of Bankstown Specsavers says it's estimated that there are currently 1.29 million Australians living with some form of age-related macular degeneration and that by 2020, the number with vision loss from the disease is projected to be 91,300, of whom close to 53,000 will be blind.
Dr Coluccio said another way to prevent sight-threatening conditions was to schedule a routine eye test every two years.
"This will check not just your vision but the overall health of your eye using state-of-the-art technology," she said.
Macular Disease Foundation CEO Dee Hopkins said cigarette smoking was the main lifestyle risk factor for age-related macular degeneration and alcohol consumption and obesity had been associated with the disease also.
For more information about Macular Disease, visit mdfoundation.com.au.