Many people can enjoy an active life well into their golden years without ever experiencing vision loss. However, with age comes a higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions like: Age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye. While eye problems and eye diseases become more prevalent with age, many can be prevented.
7 best foods for healthy eyes
If you’d like to preserve and protect your eye health and vision as you age, try some of these delicious selections:
- Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens like spinach and other foods rich in vitamin C, like sweet potatoes, kale, carrots, turnips, butternut squash and mustard greens may be helpful for slowing the progression of cataracts.
- Citrus fruits and berries
Citrus fruits and other fruits rich in vitamin C like cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, mango, papaya may be helpful for maintaining connective retinal tissues that diabetic eye disease damages.
- Nuts and seeds
Almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts, as well as other foods rich in vitamin E like avocados, spinach, broccoli, wheat germ and sunflower seeds, may help improve vision. In fact, when used in combination with vitamin B and DHA, vitamin E has shown to improve visual fields and retinal sensitivity in people with glaucoma.
Fish, particularly omega-3 rich fish oil, is known for reversing dry eye (including dry eye caused by prolonged or regular computer use). You’ll get the most beneficial levels of omega-3s when you try some of these tasty options: Tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines.
- Whole grains
Whole grain foods like brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, pasta or crackers are high in vitamin E. This powerful antioxidant vitamin may help reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration.
Kidney beans, black-eyed peas and lentils are good sources of bioflavonoids and zinc, which can help protect the retina and lower the risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
If you would like more information about protecting your eye health or are in need of skilled retinal surgery in Austin, call Austin Retina Associates at 800-252-8259 to schedule an initial consultation.