Most people know that eating healthy is good for your body, but did you know that a healthy diet is important for eye health and vision?
As you get older, your risk of developing an eye disease such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration increases all of which will require a visit to your local optometrist. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet will reduce the risk of acquiring these diseases, and certain nutrients are known to be especially beneficial in protecting your vision.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, nuts, and seeds are crucial to maintain proper eye health.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to reduce dry eye symptoms and can possibly reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are yellow carotenoid antioxidants known as macular pigments. They can be found in leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and chard.
They are like sunblock for your eye because they block harmful light from damaging the back of the eye where light is sensed. These antioxidants have been found to lower the risk of macular degeneration.
Vitamin A is important in maintaining the light sensing cells in the back of the eye. If you are lacking vitamin A in your diet you can experience night blindness, dry yes, and several other visual impairments.