As we get older, it is important to take steps to better our eye health. Changes to lifestyle habits are a great way to help in delaying the onset of certain age-related eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
A nutritious diet can be very beneficial to your eye health. In contrast, eating a diet that is filled with sugar and saturated facts not only affects your overall health, but it can also increase your risk of developing certain eye diseases.
That said, let’s look at a few excellent sources of nutrition for your eyes:
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Especially ones rich in antioxidants
- Spinach, kale and broccoli are good options
- Vitamin A
- Carrots and squash are great sources of vitamin A
- Whole grains and cereals
- Healthy Fats
- Omega- 3 fatty acids, fish, walnuts and canola oil
- Proper Hydration
- Water, herbal teas and vegetable/fruit juices
- Eye Vitamins and Vision Supplements
- Talk to your doctor about which vitamins or supplements are best for you.
Foods to Avoid or Limit:
- Refined Flour
- High-Fat Dairy Products
Besides having a healthy diet, it is also important to wear sunglasses to protect against UV rays. And if you are a smoker, it’s time to quit.
It can never hurt to start early and adopt these changes into your daily routine for a healthy lifestyle and healthy eyes!