Those of us with healthy eyes tend to take eye health for granted. Instead of waiting until our vision heads south, let's take a look at our diets to improve our eyes.
Eat this, 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), exercising your eyes (no, not taking them to the gym, but instead warming them with your hands and rolling them) 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, we list eight foods that are sure to improve your overall eye health.
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.
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.
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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.
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. Dip carrots in peanut butter for a healthy, midday snack.
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.
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 midmorning if you're in need of a pick-me-up.
Avocados contain more lutein than any other fruit. Lutein improves eyesight by reducing your chances of cataracts and other eye diseases.
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Make room for dessert — 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!
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