You are what you eat – and this has an impact on your vision, especially in future years. By regularly eating the following foods, researchers have found that vision-related diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness) could be prevented. In some cases, vision can actually be enhanced, particularly night vision. These foods are rich in some super compounds that benefit eye health.
Top Vision Foods
- Blueberries – one of the best antioxidants (compounds that deter cell damage) which strengthen capillaries for healthier eyes and veins
- Bilberry – related to blueberries, the bilberry is an herb that also strengthens capillary walls within the retina, help with night vision, and can delay the progression of retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disorder that starts with night blindness and ultimately results in total blindness
- Carrots – these have always had a reputation as being “good for the eyes”
- Corn – corn contains the powerful antioxidant zeaxanthin that combats age-related eye disorders
- Leafy, dark green vegetables such as kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and spinach – great sources of lutein, another eye-protective antioxidant.
- Omega-3 – from seafood, orange, yellow and dark-green fruits and vegetables may also avert eye disease and deter macular degeneration
- Kiwis, Grapes, Orange Juice, Mangoes
- Celery, Yellow and Red Peppers, Okra, Peas, Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli, Avocadoes, Plums, Pumpkin, Brussels Sprouts, yellow and red peppers, broccoli, peas, Romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, celery, pumpkin, okra, plums – provide protection from macular degeneration