A notable percentage of the population follows what can be categorized as an “extreme diet.”
At one end of the spectrum are individuals who desire to lose weight and follow one extreme diet or another in hopes of shedding pounds quickly. At the other end of the spectrum are people who subsist on poorly crafted diets that include a large amount of junk food and other generally unhealthy options.
Extreme dieting at both ends of the scale can result in a person experiencing damage to the eyes, sometimes irreversible harm. As part of a commitment to proper eye care and health, it’s important to understand how extreme dieting can harm your eyesight and what you can do to maintain an “eye-healthy” diet.
How Diet Affects Vision
As is the case with other parts of your body, your eyes must have certain nutrients in order to be healthy. An eye-healthy diet includes a variety of essential nutrients that include omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamin C, and vitamin E, beta-carotene, as well as the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein.
Unfortunately, even people who pay attention to what they eat when it comes to their general health overlook the specific nutritional needs of their eyes.
Vision Benefits of a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Lifestyle, diet, and eye health are directly interrelated. Significant benefits are realized when it comes to your overall eye health and vision by maintaining a healthy diet. For example, eating a balanced, healthy diet is invaluable when it comes to lowering the risk of age-related macular degeneration or AMD. AMD is the leading underlying cause of vision loss as people age. More than 13 million people over the age of 55 show signs of developing AMD.
A healthy diet reduces the risk of other conditions that negatively impact vision, including the development and severity of cataracts and retinopathies. Your eye doctor can explain in greater detail how you can optimize your diet for your unique needs to benefit your vision.
How Certain Nutritional Deficiencies Negatively Affect Vision
Nutritional deficiencies can negatively impact your vision and significantly so. In recent weeks the media has reported on a teenager who subsisted largely on junk food and who slowly went blind. He reached a point where the damage to his eyes became irreversible.
If you’ve been following a less-than-healthy diet, you can reverse course and protect your eye health if you are proactive and don’t continue down an unhealthy path.
Proper Eye Care and Your Eye Doctor
Another important step that you need to take to maintain proper eye care and health is to schedule regular appointments with your eye doctor. The eye doctors at Matossian Eye Associates can assist you in developing an eye-healthy diet, as well as your other eye-related needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling (800) 708-8800 any time convenient for you, or simply click here to schedule online.