Does quality of eyesight have more to do with genetics or lifestyle? While DNA will always play a role in eyesight health, optometrists, now more than ever, are promoting a healthy diet as one of the best ways to support healthy eyesight as well as to offset the eye diseases that are in your family’s history. Here are the foods you should be eating to maintain good vision and other steps to take.
Choose Beneficial Nutrients
As with maintaining other aspects of your health, safeguarding your eyesight begins with what’s on your plate. Recent research has eye doctors promoting the benefits of nutrients such as lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins E and C in reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Incorporate more of those beneficial nutrients into your diet by eating spinach, kale and other green, leafy vegetables as well as oily fish such as salmon and tuna. Citrus fruits or juices and non-meat protein sources such as eggs, nuts and beans are also beneficial.
Avoid Processed Foods
The majority of foods that now line the grocery store shelves are overly processed and loaded with sugar and your doctor of optometry will likely urge you to avoid them whenever possible. Processed foods and the excessive consumption of sugar are linked to rising rates of obesity and the range of diseases that are caused by obesity such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is now the leading cause of blindness in adults.
Maintain a wealthy weight and avoid obesity-related diseases by eating a well-balanced diet. This involves preparing the majority of your meals at home with fresh ingredients and avoiding pre-packaged foods and the fast food drive-thru.
Schedule Regular Checkups
Of course, even people with the healthiest of eyes and wise diet choices should still schedule regular eye exams. Scheduling regular eye examinations with your optometrist ensures eyesight issues will be detected sooner, saving you time, money and possibly your future vision.
Your eyes are your gateway to the world. Protect that vision by maintaining a healthy diet and weight and by scheduling regular checkups with your optometrist at Stanton Optical.