Eat Better…See Better
There are plenty of ways to improve your eye health — including getting enough rest (this allows your eyes to fully repair and recover from the day) and taking breaks from the computer screen and books. Though all of these will lead to better vision and increased eye strength, the best way to improve your eyesight is through the foods you eat. Here, are eight foods that will help improve your overall eye health and that taste yummy too! Fish Fish — particularly salmon, tuna and cod — contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in the retina. Omega-3s are also known for enhancing your brain power which indirectly leads to better vision. If you’re not a fan of fish, take fish oil pills for similar results. Green vegetables Green veggies — such as spinach, collard greens, broccoli and kale — are known to prevent loss of vision. They’re packed with vitamins A, B12, C and calcium. Your best bet is to eat as many leafy greens per day as possible — and make sure not to overcook them as they can lose some of their valuable nutrients. Carrots You’ve probably been hearing carrots were good for you since your days of watching Bugs Bunny, but why? Carrots contain beta carotene, which is good for the retina and protects against sun damage. Eggs Start your day off with an egg or two to keep your vision on track. Eggs contain proteins that are beneficial to the lens of your eye. The yolk is equally good for you as it helps prevent eye diseases as you age. Avocados Avocados contain more lutein than any other fruit. Lutein improves eyesight by reducing your chances of cataracts and other eye diseases. Dark Chocolate Hard to imagine something so good can be so good for you, however dark chocolate is good for your vision! Specifically, it contains flavonoids that protect the blood vessels in your eyes. Strong blood vessels equal strong cornea and strong lens, so eat up! Nuts Almonds, cashews and peanuts all contain omega-3s, just like fish. Though they don’t contain as much, they’ve also been known to help reduce dry eyes and eye disease as you age. Grab a handful mid-morning if you’re in need of a pick-me-up. Garlic Similar to eggs, garlic helps protect the lens of the eye and can help protect against cataracts and eye disease as you age. Garlic really is a superfood — in addition to improving eye health, it also contributes to lower cholesterol, a healthier immune system and increased blood flow.