The simple act of looking at your computer screen, like you are now, may seem trivial and insignificant, but your sight is a precious resource that should be guarded. Most people take for granted the ability to look out the window and glimpse a beautiful day; they don’t realize that one day that could all go away, especially as you age. When your golden years start to approach, there are plenty of conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts, that that can rob you of your sight (Source: National Eye Institute). However, you can take steps to combat these conditions. One easy step to take is adding eye healthy foods to your diet (Source: All About Vision).
So what kind of foods can help protect your eyes as you age?
- Dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, and Brussels sprouts are good sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients have both been linked to lower rates of AMD and cataracts.
- Salmon, tuna and fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have many health benefits recently. One of these benefits is maintaining vision health. Recent research has shown that omega-3 acids significantly reduce the risk of AMD in the elderly. Another study in Spain showed that cataracts were less likely to develop as well when the participants had a steady intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Many fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C, especially high citrus fruits like oranges, limes and lemons. Vitamin C along with E and Zinc has been shown to reduce the rates for macular degeneration and even prevent already existing AMD from entering a more serious stage (Source: WebMD).
- Most orange fruits or vegetables are good sources of beta-carotene, which can improve your vision and protect it later on. Fruits and veggies like carrots, mangos, cantaloupes, peaches, and sweet potatoes (Source: GetEyeSmart.org).
Here is a simple, healthy option that can get you started on your way to having good eye health for the rest of your life.