A tremendous amount of attention is paid to the benefits and necessity of a healthy, well-balanced diet. Nutritionists, doctors, and the media tend to focus on the need to maintain a proper, balanced diet to maintain heart health, prevent cancer, and carry an ideal body weight.
What isn’t commonly discussed is the importance of a healthy diet as part of a person’s overall eye health regimen. A recent case reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine brought to the forefront a situation involving a teenager who became legally blind as the result of eating a diet consisting primarily of junk food.
French Fries + Potato Chips = Blindness?
The teenager first started to experience vision problems when he was 15 years old. The year before, the teen had been to his physician’s office complaining of fatigue. His physician determined the boy was suffering from anemia and a vitamin B12 deficiency.
At the same time the boy started to experience vision loss, he also began to have hearing problems as well. A variety of tests were run on the teen, including an MRI. Initially these tests didn’t provide any insights into why the teenager was going blind. Ultimately, doctors learned that the boy didn’t like to eat various food items because of their texture. As a consequence, his diet consisted exclusively of:
- French fries
- Potato chips (particularly Pringles)
- White bread
- Processed ham slices
Ultimately, the teenager was diagnosed as suffering from vision loss, the result of what is known as Nutritional Optic Neuropathy. Corrective lenses do not assist with this condition because the optic nerve itself is damaged. While this condition is possibly reversible in situations in which it is caught early, in the case of this teenager, his situation was not caught early enough and the vision loss is permanent.
The story of the teenager who lost his sight because his affinity for junk food is a distressing story in and of itself. However, it also provides a cautionary tale for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Food Suggestions for Healthier Eyes
You can take a proactive stance to maintaining eye health by eating a well-balanced diet. Some foods to include in your diet not only for healthy eyes but for better living overall:
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits
- Colorful Vegetables
- Colorful Fruits
- Flaxseed Oil
Regular Appointments with an Eye Doctor
Another important step you can take to maintain vision health is to obtain routine, professional eye care. You can schedule an eye care checkup with an experienced eye doctor at Matossian Eye Associates any time convenient for you by calling (800) 708-8800, or click here to schedule online.
By taking a proactive approach to your vision care, you can best ensure optimal vision health today and into the future.