Foods that Protect Vision
Food plays an important role in a healthy vision. Certain vitamins and minerals found in food may play a role in preventing two common causes of vision problems: cataracts—cloudy areas in the lens of the eye; and age- related macular degeneration (AMD)—a condition that causes vision loss in the macula, the part of the eye that controls central vision. Here are the best foods for your eyes:
● Leafy Greens: Certain leafy greens contain lutein and zeaxanthin which improves the health of the eyes.
● Egg: The many nutrients in eggs promote vision and prevent night blindness. Eggs contain vitamin A which is an important vitamin for the eyes. Make this an important part of your diet and that of your children.
● Fish: Fish, especially species like mackerel, sardine and tuna contain Omega 3 fatty acids which protect the eyes against degeneration of the macula, dry eyes and cataract.
● Citrus fruits: Addition of citrus fruits to your diet increases your intake of vitamin C which helps in the prevention of cataracts.
● Legumes: Good sources of zinc and bioflavonoids, legumes protect the eyes and reduce the risk of cataracts and degeneration of the macula.
● Sunflower seeds: These are good sources of vitamin E and zinc which provide general health to the eyes and keep them disease free.
● Nuts: Also containing Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, certain nuts like walnuts and almonds promote eye health.
● Fish Oil and Black Currant Seed Oil: These foods are also extremely rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. They provide great help and prevent dry eyes and cataracts. It is important to introduce these foods into your kids’ diet from an early age as well.
● Whole Grains: Whole grains contain vitamin E, zinc and niacin which promote general eye health and protect your eyes in old age against degeneration of the macula.
Protecting your eyes goes beyond diet. There are certain lifestyle changes that will also go a long way to protect your vision.