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Now begins the annual whirlwind of parties, large family meals, and celebration. With so many opportunities to over-indulge, I am implementing a new strategy this Holiday season. The retina strategy. That is, steering my consumption toward those foods that benefit the retina — that filet mignon of ocular tissues.

Certain nuts and seeds nourish your retina with Vitamin E, the body’s most powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, shown to provide significant protection against AMD. So, at the start of a cocktail party, enjoy a healthy mix of unsalted (or lightly salted) peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts/filberts.

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Joe Pizzimenti
Associate Editor, Systemic Disease for odsonfb.com. Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti is an internationally-recognized speaker and author, and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). He served as ORS President from 2012-2014. Dr. Pizzimenti has completed funded clinical research in the areas of diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti co-authored a chapter on Diabetic Retinopathy in the textbook entitled Diabetes in Black America.

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