If you list them all in one place, it sounds like a catalogue of alien species or perhaps a list of powerful prescription medicines, but chemicals such as carotenoids, zeaxanthin, and lutein are found in many common foods and have been shown in studies to improve your eye health, especially when it comes to preventing age-related conditions and degeneration.
Just as getting regular, annual eye exams increases your chances of detecting an eye or other health condition early, eating the following foods is a simple way to take preventative steps to maintain your eye health.
Whenever there’s a discussion of healthy eating, dark green vegetables tend to get top billing, and for good reason. These veggies are high in vitamin C, which may help prevent glaucoma. They also contain lots of lutein and zeaxanthin, two chemicals in the antioxidant family that can help reduce your risk of macular degeneration.
Carrots, sweet potatoes and many other bright orange fruits and vegetables tend to be good sources of beta carotene, which is a building block for vitamin A. Vitamin A in turn helps prevent night blindness and keeps your corneas healthy.
Another great food group for helping you maintain your eye health is foods that are high in omega 3 (see it sounds like a distant, uncharted planet) fatty acids. Salmon, flax seeds, and avocado are some sources of this special type of beneficial fat, which, among other things, is thought to reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome.
Here are a few more foods for eye health you should know about: broccoli, citrus fruits, peaches, mangoes, curry, dill, parsley, garlic, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, walnuts, wheat germ, and almonds. The list could go on and on, but you don’t need to eat every single food on that list. As long as you maintain a healthy balance, it will increase your odds of having healthier vision for a long time to come.