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How to Eat for Healthy Eyes

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Maintaining your eye health is essential to promoting your overall wellness—and while some individuals are genetically predisposed to certain eye conditions, the things they do on a daily basis also directly impact the integrity of our optical health. Continue reading for eating tips to promote healthy eyes.

Add More Antioxidants

Antioxidants have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of macular degeneration—a condition responsible for approximately one in every three cases of vision loss in Canada. Help protect your eye health by adding more antioxidants into your diet including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc. These vitamins and minerals can be found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, avocados, nuts, turkey, oysters, and chickpeas.

Eat More Fish

Incorporating more fish into your diet helps to increase your daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids. This not only promotes your heart health but can also reduce your risk of macular degeneration. Consider eating oily fish such as sardines or salmon as these are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Go Green

Many green vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which can help improve your overall eye health and reduce the risk of central vision loss. These nutrients can be found in spinach, peas, and green bell peppers. Zeaxanthin can also be found in corn, orange bell peppers, and tangerines.

Limit Carbohydrate Intake 

Certain types of carbohydrates are digested and absorbed faster than others including corn chips, white bread, and refined grains. Try to limit your daily intake of these high-glycemic foods , as they have been linked to the development of macular degeneration.

Whether you’re interested in more tips for improving your eye health or learning more about your vision correction options, the optometrists with FYidoctors are here to help. Schedule an appointment today with one of our many locations across Canada. Please see our website for a listing of locations.