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Eat for Your Eyes: How a Balanced Diet Can Improve Your Eye Health

A healthy, balanced diet is known to be good for both body and mind, but it’s crucial to remember it’s also good for your eyes as well.

Remember that old wives tale that eating carrots will help you see in the dark? Well, carrots are actually rich in beta-carotene, which helps to protect against night-blindness and cataracts. They also contain lutein, a yellow plant pigment that also lowers the risk of cataracts and protects the eye against the damage that can be incurred from ageing.

You may also be surprised to learn that spinach isn’t just good for Popeye – it is rich in antioxidants such as zeaxanthin which will help protect your eyes against age-related macular degeneration.

Omega-3 is often spoken of when healthy eating is the topic of discussion as people have started to appreciate how important this essential fatty acid is in a healthy diet. You therefore won’t be surprised that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could significantly reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration by up to 40%!

Finally, never forget the importance of water in a healthy diet that supports your eye health. The eye is surrounded by fluid tissue and to maintain a healthy balance of fluid in the eye, it is important to stay well hydrated. So try to limit the amount of alcohol you drink and always take on more water when exercising!
For more information on the right foods to eat for good eye health, please contact us here or by calling us directly on 01268 752919.