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Yellow spot disease, also known as AMD or age-related macular degeneration, is a disease that occurs with age and can lead to vision loss. Although there is no definitive cure, experts have listed some foods that may be good for the disease or that you should avoid.

Yellow spot disease can cause vision loss due to changes in the macula located in the center of the eye. The disease, also known as AMD, is considered the leading cause of blindness in people older than 55 years.

Certain foods can help you maintain your eye health as you get older and slow down vision loss if you have AMD. However, there are also foods that you should avoid because it makes you more prone to developing this condition.

Turkey Medicals has listed the nutrients that will help you…


Your macula contains antioxidants (carotenoids) red and yellow pigments that protect the cells (photoreceptors) necessary for vision. Eating vegetables that contain carotenoids helps increase the amount of protective pigment around the macula. This, in turn, can prevent or slow down AMD. If you want to increase your intake of carotenoids with vegetables, choose dark green, bright yellow or red ones. Greenery options include cabbage, spinach, black cabbage and broccoli, red and orange peppers, carrots, corn and sweet potatoes.


Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) helps the body to form collagen, which forms strong blood vessels in the eyes and elsewhere. Your eyes process nutrients quickly, so it’s important to get enough vitamin C and other nutrients that benefit vision. The best sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits. Bananas, apples and peaches also contain a lot of vitamin C. Fruits also contain antioxidant carotenoids, so they perform a double task for your eyes.


Although experts argue about the benefits of Omega-3s contained in fish oil, evidence shows that they can reduce the degeneration of the macula or slow its progression. These fatty acids can have an anti-inflammatory effect that can reduce clogged blood vessels, as can the rest of your body, including your cardiovascular system. Fish that contain high levels of Omegadec3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and herring.


Generally, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats have been associated with an increased risk of advanced macular degeneration, in which vision loss is severe. These foods lead to the formation of cholesterol-containing plaques in the blood vessels, including those in the eyes. Plaque damages blood vessels and reduces the flow of nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to your eyes. Some of the worst offenders are instant cakes, cookies, peanut butter, potato chips, confectionery, french fries and soft drinks. As much as possible, you should eat a portion of fruit instead.


When cooking, stay away from oils that contain high levels of hydrogenated fats, such as coconut or palm oil. These unhealthy fats can have the same effect on the progression of macular degeneration as eating foods that contain a lot of saturated fats and sugar. Instead, choose olive, canola or linseed oil. These monounsaturated fats can have anti-inflammatory properties and do not block the blood vessels in your eyes (or anywhere in your body).


Egg yolk contains the highest levels of the two main carotenoids that can protect your macula. Some people avoid egg yolks because of their high cholesterol content. But if your diet is healthy for the heart in other ways, and your cholesterol levels are normal, your eyes can benefit from eating a reasonable amount of eggs (about 1 egg a day, but not with sausage or bacon next to it). They can also reduce the risk of cataracts. If you are unsure about eggs for your health, you can talk to your doctor in Turkey hospital.

We recommend that you consult with your Turkish doctor before applying this nutritional program.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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