Healthy Food for Healthy Eyes

Healthy Food for Healthy Eyes

Happy Holidays to all of you! For this Akler Eye newsletter, I will discuss which types of foods help your eyes to stay healthy!

As most of you know, aside from ophthalmology, my passions include reading and living a healthy lifestyle. Important habits include eating foods that are good for my body and staying active. In this article I will discuss some foods that will help keep your eyes healthy.

Here are 5 foods that should be part of your diet for healthy eyes:

  1. Leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, collard greens, broccoli and peas. These foods are high in lutein and zeaxanthin and may lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration. These nutrients are also found in eggs.
  2. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are all high in vitamin C. This vitamin may delay cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration.
  3. Beans of all kinds, for example lima and kidney beans, contain zinc which may help protect your eyes from exposure to light over a lifetime. Long-term light exposure is implicated in cataract formation (so wear your sunglasses when outdoors too!).
  4. Cold water fish like salmon, tuna and sardines have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
  5. Orange fruits and vegetables – yes I would never forget carrots! These foods are high in beta-carotene which help with night vision.

It’s a challenge to stay on track during the holidays, but keep these foods in mind even when indulging in holiday treats! I wish all of you a very happy new year!

Source: AAO EyeSmart September 2018

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Michelle Akler, MD
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