The Handbook of Nutrition, Diet and the Eye is the first book to thoroughly address common features and etiological factors in how dietary and nutritional factors affect the eye.

The ocular system is perhaps one of the least studied organs in diet and nutrition, yet the consequences of vision loss can be devastating. One of the biggest contributors to complete vision loss in the western hemisphere is diabetes, precipitated by metabolic syndrome. In some developing countries, micronutrient deficiencies are major contributory factors to impaired vision. However, there are a range of ocular defects that have either their origin in nutritional deficiencies or excess or have been shown to respond favorably to nutritional components. The eye from the cornea to the retina may be affected by nutritional components. Effects may be physiological or molecular.

This book represents essential reading for nutritionists, dietitians, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, endocrinologists, and other clinicians and researchers interested in eye health and vision in general.

Key Features

  • Saves clinicians and researchers time in quickly accessing the very latest details on a broad range of nutrition, ocular health, and disease issues
  • Provides a common language for nutritionists, nutrition researchers, optometrists, and ophthalmologists to discuss how dietary and nutritional factors, and related diseases and syndromes affect the eye
  • Preclinical, clinical, and population studies will help nutritionists, dieticians, and clinicians map out key areas for research and further clinical recommendations


Nutritionists, dieticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, endocrinologists, and other clinicians and researchers interested in eye health and vision in general.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Section 1. Introductions and Overviews
    • Chapter 1. The Eye and Vision: An Overview
      • Introduction
      • Development of the Eye
      • The Ocular Adnexa
      • The Posterior Structures of the Eye
      • Visual Pathway
      • Take-Home Messages
    • Chapter 2. Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Overview
      • Introduction
      • Epidemiology
      • Risk Factors
      • Pathogenesis
      • Classification
      • Natural History
      • Retinal Imaging for the Diagnosis and Management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
      • Management
      • Future Directions
      • Take-Home Messages
    • Chapter 3. Cataracts: An Overview
      • Introduction
      • Etymology
      • Epidemiology
      • Classification, Pathogenesis, and Risk Factors
      • Clinical Presentation
      • Diagnostic Evaluation
      • Prevention
      • Treatment
      • Take-Home Messages
    • Chapter 4. Glaucoma: An Overview
      • Introduction
      • Definition of Glaucoma and its Classification
      • Intraocular Pressure as a Risk Factor
      • Pathogenesis of Glaucoma
      • Epidemiology Hints
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 5. Diabetic Retinopathy: An Overview
      • Introduction
      • Epidemiology
      • Natural History
      • Pathophysiology
      • Biochemical Changes
      • Mitochondrial Dysfunction
      • Neuronal Dysfunction and Inflammation
      • Vascular Damage
      • Diagnosis and Prevention
      • Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema
  • Section 2. Macular Degeneration
    • Chapter 6. Trace Elements, Vitamins, and Lipids and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Overview of the Current Concepts on Nutrients and AMD
      • Introduction
      • Carotenoids
      • Trace Elements
      • Vitamins
      • Lipids
      • Epigenetics and Nutrients
      • Resveratrol
      • Supplementation with Combined N


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About the editor

Victor Preedy

Victor R. Preedy BSc, PhD, DSc, FSB, FRSH, FRIPH, FRSPH, FRCPath, FRSC is a senior member of King's College London. He is also Director of the Genomics Centre and a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Professor Preedy has longstanding academic interests in substance misuse especially in relation to health and well being. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a founding member of the Editorial Board of Addiction Biology. In his career Professor Preedy was Reader at the Addictive Behaviour Centre at The University of Roehampton, and also Reader at the School of Pharmacy (now part of University College London; UCL). Professor Preedy is Editor of the multi-volume seminal work The Handbook Of Alcohol Related Pathology (published by Academic Press-Elsevier). Professor Preedy graduated in 1974 with an Honours Degree in Biology and Physiology with Pharmacology. He gained his University of London PhD in 1981. In 1992, he received his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists and in 1993 he gained his second doctoral degree (DSc). Professor Preedy was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology in 1995 and also as a Fellow to the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000. He was then elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (2004) and The Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (2004). In 2009, Professor Preedy became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and in 2012 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. To his credit, Professor Preedy has published over 600 articles, which includes peer-reviewed manuscripts based on original research, abstracts and symposium presentations, reviews and numerous books and volumes.