Your diet plays a major role in your eye health. Nutritious foods will help you maintain clear vision and reduce the risk of disease. Some menu items are particularly good for you. What are the best foods for your eye health?
- Omega-3 Rich Fish
Fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids are great for your body and your eyes. Studies have indicated that consuming fish oil can help reverse dry eye. The most beneficial types of fish to eat include: salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, trout, herring, and anchovies.
- Bell Peppers for Vitamin C
Raw bell peppers offer a high amount of vitamin C which is good for blood vessels in the eyes. Research suggests that including peppers in your diet can help lower your risk of developing cataracts. Other delicious options include papayas, cauliflower, and bok choy.
- Seeds and Nuts for Vitamin E
Sunflower seeds and nuts make a great snack because they are rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E helps slow the progress of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Great options include peanut butter, peanuts, almonds, and Hazelnuts.
- Boost Vitamins with Dark, Leafy Greens
When mom says to eat your greens, you should listen to her. Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in vitamins C and E. They also contain zeaxanthin and lutein, which are plant-based forms of vitamin A that help reduce your risk of developing eye diseases like cataracts and AMD.
- Lean Meats and Poultry for Vitamin A
Lean meats and poultry provide your body with zinc, which brings vitamin A from the liver to your retina. Once there, it is used to produce melanin, a protective pigment that gives our eyes their color while protecting them from the sun.
Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey ophthalmologists can assess your vision and provide recommendations for good eye health. Contact our Bloomfield Hills office today to schedule an exam.