A general guide for healthy eating is including a variety of fruits and vegetables, when eating for eye health in mind the following guidelines apply.
Foods that benefit eye health:
- Vegetables with brighter colours and berries, such as raspberries and blueberries. Eating them raw is the best way to obtain their nutrients. These are a great source of antioxidants which help prevent eye disease.
- Dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale which provide the nutrient Lutein, a powerful antioxidant important for protecting the retina from free radicals.
- Carrots, sweet potato, squash and cantaloupe are great sources of Vitamin A, a nutrient needed for night vision.
- Eggs and oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and anchovies for a good source of Omega-3 which is anti-inflammatory and useful in dry eye disease treatment.
Foods to avoid:
- Highly processed high in fat and sugar.
Sometimes at Canterbury Eyecare we pop down to Maling Roads Classic Fruits and grab some snacks to share, like strawberries, blueberries or carrots to be sure we’re getting enough eye health promoting nutrients.
Having a healthy diet is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to looking after our eyes, eye health issues can arise without any symptoms. Ensure you’ve had an eye test in at least the last two years book an appointment with us today.
Read the article from Glaucoma Australia for more information.