It’s Time To Spring Clean Your Eyes!
A healthy diet is essential for overall health. A poor diet, on the other hand, can affect your eyesight and cause issues later on. As we enter spring, now is a great time to discover the best foods to protect and improve eyesight with our 5 food-related eye health tips:
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are also packed with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), just like salmon. With its anti-inflammatory effect, the DHA in walnuts will fortify your eye health. Even better – because walnuts are a plant-based source of DHA, they’re a great way for vegans and vegetarians to reap its benefits.
This humble leaf is pretty smart when it comes to protecting (and fine-tuning) your vision. Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin which protect against ultraviolet light along with beta-carotene which absorbs the damaging blue light from devices. All three stave off macular degeneration and cataracts, so the clarity of your vision is protected over time.
Salmon is a superfood of the sea. It’s packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for eye health. Regularly eating cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and halibut has been proven to reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. As specialists in treating dry eye syndrome, we know these fatty acids are excellent food for dry eyes too.
Rich in beta-carotene and packed with antioxidants, this root vegetable protects your eyes from free radicals and helps prevent macular degeneration. It also contains a high concentration of vitamins A and E, which are thought to be important in protecting the retinal tissue at the back of the eye.
The humble cup of tea could be your eyes’ new best friend. Studies suggest that the bioflavonoids found in this store-cupboard staple make a big difference in protecting against external toxins and free radicals. Green tea is even more super, given its higher density of catechins and polyphenols.
Knowing the best foods to maintain and improve eyesight goes a long way towards protecting your vision. However, you should always book an appointment if you notice any issues or feel like your vision may be deteriorating. We’re here to help.