A dietary change may help stave off macular degeneration.

A diet that regularly includes eggs could help protect against macular degeneration, researchers have found.

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Lowell "measured the effects of eating a dozen eggs per week on people with early age-related macular degeneration," according to an article published on the university's website. Results of the year-long study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology & Research.

Thomas Wilson, associate professor in the university's Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying: "In our study, we found that people who consumed 12 eggs per week had a significant improvement in glare recovery, which means that they could more quickly recover sight after exposure to bright light."

People in the study who regularly ate eggs showed higher levels of the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes from blue light.

Wilson said that by eating eggs, it may be possible to "slow the progression of the disease by preventing light from damaging the macula."