When caring for your eyes, we don’t always consider the impact our diet has on them. Like all parts of the human body, the eyes can be greatly affected by what we put in our mouths. With fall upon us and many family gatherings ahead, take some time to eat for your eyes and not with your eyes.
Here are 6 foods that can help your vision and the long-term health of your eyes.
Fish – Adding fish with healthy fats like salmon, tuna, and trout into your diet can help remedy dry eyes. Fatty fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration.
Dark, leafy greens – Greens, including spinach and kale, contain two antioxidants that are stored in the macula of the eye – lutein and zeaxanthin. The macula is the part of the retina that protects your eyes from harmful light from the sun. Lutein and zeaxanthin also absorb bad blue light from computer and electronic screens.
Carrots – Many of us grew up being told that eating carrots would give us super vision, although carrots won’t improve your prescription, they can promote the health of your eyes. The orange color is due to a type of vitamin A, called Beta-carotene, which helps your retina and other parts of your eyes function properly.
Nuts – Almonds contain vitamin E that can slow macular degeneration. Another eye-friendly nut is the pistachio, which is contains lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin E.
Eggs – Not only are egg yolks a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, they also contain zinc, which can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
To learn more about what you can do to help care for your eyes, contact Cabarrus Eye Center at http://www.cabarruseye.com, call us at (704) 782-1127 or visit us at: Cabarrus Eye Center, 201 LePhillip Court, Concord, North Carolina, 28025