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How diet can help your eyesight

17 May, 2017
Diet and eyesight

Did you know the quality your diet also influences your vision?

Dr Leland Carr is a VSP Vision Care optometrist and professor of optometry in the US. He says that, “one of the best things you can do for your eyes is to eat a balanced diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats and sugar. The minerals zinc and selenium protect the retina, and the fatty acids found in fish ensure adequate moisture in your eyes.”

Dr Carr recommends the following foods for healthy vision. Get the nutrients your body—and eyes—need to stay healthy with the following foods.

Bell peppers

These colorful vegetables are full of vitamins A and C and can help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. They’re also fat free and contain 3 gm of fibre per cup.

Carrots

Of course they’re on the list! They won’t actually help you see in the dark, but they can help protect vision. Their high vitamin A, C and E content can help to reduce the impact of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Dark leafy green vegetables

Spinach, kale and other dark leafy greens are full of vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants act like a natural sunscreen for your eyes and help protect against harmful UV rays—but don’t forget your sunglasses for the best protection from the sun.

Blueberries

These sweet, delicate treats are well known for their antioxidant punch. According to a study by Tufts University (US), they may help reduce the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, heart disease, cancer and other conditions. And they’re good for the brain.

Sweet potatoes

It’s the power of orange once again that delivers a healthy dose of carotene.

Turkey

This all-purpose protein is loaded with zinc and the B-group-vitamin niacin which can help prevent cataracts.

Atlantic salmon

Studies show that foods rich in omega-3s can help protect tiny blood vessels in the eyes.

Chia seeds

Add chia seeds to your diet and get the benefits of more omega-3s than flax seeds or salmon, more calcium than a glass of milk and more antioxidants than blueberries.

A good diet and yearly optical checkup will help to protect your vision for the long term.

This article was provided by VSP Vision Care. CBHS Members have access to great discounts from VSP, so be sure to check them out.

All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified medical practitioner. CBHS endeavours to provide independent and complete information, and content may include information regarding services, products and procedures not covered by CBHS Health Cover policies. For full terms, click here.
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