Eating for Eye Health

Eye health is influenced by many different factors over a lifetime. Sun exposure, nutrient deficiencies, screen time, and other factors add up and can lead to various eye diseases. Keeping our eyes healthy is something we can definitely influence by making healthy food & nutrient choices. Focus on the following foods to support eye health:

Dark green leafy vegetables – they contain leutine and zeaxanthin that can help reduce the chance of cataracts and macular degeneration. Spinach, kale, collards, and other greens are excellent choices.

Sweet Potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe – contain several different carotenoids that are turned into Vitamin A by your body. Vitamin A is needed for normal vision and retinal function.

Eggs – another source of leutine and zeaxanthin as well as sulfur compounds that help prevent cataracts. Choose omega-3 fortified eggs that contain DHA, which is also good for the eyes.

Try to eat from each of these food categories 3 – 4 times per week.

Other ways to protect your eyes include wearing polarized sunglasses, using moisturizing eye drops if eyes feel dry and taking a break from screen time every hour. Rapidly blinking or squeezing your eyes closed can refresh the moisture and give them a needed break!