Does nutrition make a difference to eye health ?

 

Fuelling your body with food rich in nutrition also helps keep your eyes in top condition!

 

 

Fruits & vegetables.

 

Ever heard that eating lots of carrots improves your vision? It’s not just a myth! Making sure to get lots of fruit & vegetables on your plate daily can make a big difference to your overall eye health as they are full of beneficial antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc. Researchers have linked these antioxidants to reducing the risk of certain serious eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. You can find these antioxidants in green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and a lot of other foods.

 

 

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

 

We’ve all heard of the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for your heart & brain, but did you know that it also helps fend off eye diseases and help treat dry eye syndrome?

 

Studies show that incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and glaucoma. Research also shows that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce your risk of developing dry eyes, which is when your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or they evaporate too quickly. The best food with high Omega 3 content are oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel.

 

 

 

H20

 

Otherwise known as, water! Your eye is kept moist by tears which are there to block out & flush away dust. To keep this fluid balanced it’s important to drink plenty of water, as well as keeping you well hydrated. It’s also important not to drink too much alcohol as it can cause dehydration. If your eyes are dry, they can become itchy and scratchy. If you experience constant eye dehydration, this can increase the risks of developing cataracts sooner. Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye starts to cloud over as proteins in the lens coalesce.