DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, one of the world's leading vision scientists has teamed with a renowned Texas chef to create a robust five-course meal aimed at keeping eyesight healthy through smarter holiday eating. Dr. Karl Csaky, Managing and Medical Director of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Chef Larry Matson, Academic Director for Culinary at the Art Institute of Dallas, have created delicious dishes that feed nutrients directly to the eyes using ingredients proven to be the best defense against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the world's leading cause of irreversible vision loss for people over 65. AMD is a disease of the retina that causes the eye's macula to gradually deteriorate—a significant national health problem requiring urgent attention. It is the number one cause of severe visual impairment and irreversible vision loss among senior citizens in the United States. According to the Clinical Center of Innovation for AMD, about 18 million Americans, including 80% of people over the age of 80, have AMD. Due to the rapid aging of the U.S. population, this number is expected to increase significantly by the year 2050. AMD typically strikes adults in their fifties or sixties, and progresses painlessly, gradually destroying the central vision. By 2020, the number of people who are legally blind in both eyes is expected to rise 41%. "A smart dietary lifestyle that anyone can adopt helps prevent the irreversible disease of age-related macular degeneration from taking hold or, at a minimum, slows progression," Dr. Csaky said. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Csaky is one of the few clinician scientists in the country who both treats patients with AMD and performs clinical and laboratory research on the disease.