Can eating healthy food help improve your eyesight?

People often believe that failing eyesight is an inevitable result of aging or eye strain. In truth, a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of eye health problems.

  1. Fish – Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help to lower the risk of eye problems. Many fish are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish are fish that have oil in their gut and body tissue, so eating them offers higher levels of omega-3-rich fish oil. The fish that contains the most beneficial levels of omega-3s include:
  • tuna
  • salmon
  • trout
  • mackerel
  • sardines
  • anchovies
  • herring

Some studies have found that fish oil can reverse dry eye, including dry eye caused by spending too much time on a computer.

  1. Nuts and legumes – Nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts also contain a high level of vitamin E, which can protect the eye from age-related damage. Nuts and legumes that are good for eye health include:
  • walnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • cashews
  • peanuts
  • lentils
  1. Seeds – Like nuts and legumes, seeds are high in omega-3s and are a rich source of vitamin E. Seeds high in omega-3 include:
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds
  • hemp seeds
  1. Citrus fruits- Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Just like vitamin E, vitamin C is an antioxidant that is recommended to fight age-related eye damage. Vitamin C-rich citrus fruits include:
  • lemons
  • oranges
  • grapefruits

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Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

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