Eye degeneration is basically inevitable. It’s no surprise really; we use our eyes all day long, straining to read books, newspapers, work; staring at laptops, tablets and phone screens all day; watching TV – whatever it is you use your eyes for, you’re using them and so eye fatigue is almost unavoidable. However, your eyesight decline is not something that is completely out of your control. In fact, the answer lies not necessarily in your eyes, but in your mouth – and more specifically, what you put in it. That’s right, what you eat and the vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients you consume not only affect your weight, skin, mood and general well-being, but can also prevent eye degeneration! More reason to start carefully examining what you’re putting into your body on the daily.
Here’s a breakdown of what you should eat and what nutrients and antioxidants your body needs to ensure your vision remains intact for longer. While they wont give you super-human eye strength or all-seeing night vision, they will indeed strengthen your eyesight and prevent eye diseases.
- Carotenoids – The first ingredient in your potion for successful seeing is the carotenoid nutrient, lutein. This is found in leafy green vegetables, like collard greens. Fruits such as apricots, blueberries and tomatoes are also rich in carotenoid. Carotenoids are cool because our bodies can convert them into the active form of vitamin A. Carotenoids provide numerous benefits to eye health and are known to reduce the risk of eye diseases. So do something berry good for your eyes and get munching on blueberries, apricots, tomatoes and greens – amongst other delicious fruit and vegetables!
- Omega-3 – Next step in this recipe for eyesight comparable to the supervision bestowed upon a comic book superhero is omega-3 fatty acids. These play a role in slowing down age-related macular degeneration or preventing eye disease. Omega 3 can also prevent dry eye syndrome. You’re best bet of getting a plentiful helping of omega-3 is by snacking on cold-water fish like sardines, salmon and tuna. Also, going nuts for nuts (such as pistachios, walnuts and almonds) will ensure you’re getting that omega-3 goodness. If none of those cuisines sound appealing, you can supplement your source of omega-3 fatty acids by taking fish oil tablets. Whichever you choose, you’re on the way to vision improvement!
- Vitamins A and C – Last but not least is on this list of eye-poppingly delicious treats to satisfy not only tummy rumbles, but eye health, is carrots. That’s right, the rumours are true – carrots are good for your eyesight – as well as other vegetables and fruits like pumpkins, corn, and capsicums – basically anything high in Vitamins A and C. The common denominator is the above named foods is their colour; the carotenoids (see ingredient # 1) cause the yellow, orange and red pigments in these foods, and are believed to reduce the risk of numerous eye diseases. So if in doubt, look for the range of fruits and vegetables that seem to replicate a sunset next time you’re at the fruit shop, and subsequently clearly see more sunsets in your lifetime.
See that these foods are on your next shopping list and achieve long-term vision improvement!
For more information on which foods can lead to greater eye health and vision improvement, speak to one of the eye experts at Perfect Vision on 13 13 40. Otherwise, head online to perfectvision.com.au to make an enquiry.