urprisingly, good vision and healthy eyes start with what you eat. We are all told as kids that carrots help our eyes and even though many of us did not want to eat them, we still did. But, Think About Your Eyes has started a campaign to educate the public that carrots, shockingly, are not the only food that can help our vision. In fact, there is a whole slew of foods that will not only catch our eyes but help them as well.
Think About Your Eyes is an organization that is doing the vital work of raising public awareness of the importance of eye care. Their campaign receives support from 21 organizations and over 18,000 eyecare professionals that are serving the world in the field of optometry. In a working world, most people work on a computer for the majority of their day. Studies show that eyestrain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 – 90 percent of these individuals, which means that now, more than ever, there is a need for eye care. Not to mention, many parents falsely believe that an eye exam is not an essential part of a child’s health check up.
It is because of these statistics that Think About Your Eyes launched this campaign to give people a tangible way to take their eyecare into their own hands. Their “Healthy Diet for Good Vision” provides a list of foods that are rich in fatty acids, vitamins C and E, zinc and beta-carotene. These nutrients are all essential and vital to maintaining eye health.
Below is the list provided by Think About Your Eyes:
Nuts – The vitamin E found in almonds, peanuts, cashews and other nuts is found to protect the eye’s cells from free radicals that can break down the eye’s healthy tissue.
Oranges – Vitamin C is a significant component that promotes healthy eyes because it keeps the blood vessels healthy and can lower the risk of developing cataracts.
Spinach – This eye vitamin superfood contains vitamin C, beta-carotene and two other nutrients that protect the eyes from the harmful blue light, and can lessen the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Salmon – The DHA, or fatty acids, found in many types of fish can prevent dry eye syndrome.
Red meat – Zinc is an excellent vitamin for eye health because it delivers vitamin A to the retina from the liver, producing melanin that protects the eye’s pigment. The lack of zinc can lead to problems in vision including cataracts and night vision issues.
Carrots – Carrots do contain the beneficial nutrient, vitamin A, but do not have an overall effect on improving vision.
Taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement can also help fill in the nutritional gaps in a less-than-optimal diet and may help protect you from degenerative diseases, including macular degeneration and cataracts. It’s important to always check with your eye doctor, before beginning to take any dietary supplement.
Think About Your Eyes also encourages you to eat colorful fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A, C, D, E and Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish, red wine, berries and flavonoids from tea!
Making these foods a part of your daily diet will ensure you’re getting sufficient nutrition for eye health. But perhaps the most important tip anyone can give to you is to visit your eye doctor. Exams can lead to early detection of other health concerns such as diabetes or heart conditions in addition to eye problems. If you are in need of an eye doctor, Think About Your Eyes provides a search feature to help you find one near you.
If you start adding these nutritious foods to your diet, not only will you improve your eye health, but you will also see a difference in so many other aspects of your life and overall wellbeing. And here’s the good part: You don’t even need to eat carrots!