It’s important to consider the foods you’re eating in your day-to-life if you’re wanting to keep your vision health in tip top shape. Good news is that many of those nutrient-rich foods that help with your heart, brain and muscle health are also doing wonders for your eyes!
Whether eye disease is something that runs in your family, you’re concerned you may need to supplement your eye health, or you just want to take better care of your eyes, here are 15 foods that will support your eye health as well as the rest of your body at the same time.
Orange Colored Fruits and Vegetables
- Sweet potatoes
These are some examples of orange-colored foods that all contain great amounts of Vitamin A which is essential for great eye health. In fact, a sweet potato has more than 200% of the daily dose of vitamin A doctors recommend for eye health.
Another important antioxidant to consider adding into your diet for great eye health is Omega-3 Fatty acids (which are also great for BRAIN health!). Reduce your risk of eye disease by incorporating these cold-water fish into your diet regularly. Do you suffer from dry eye? Omega-3’s are good for tear function so eating fish can help combat that dry eye.
Ever heard of lutein or zeaxanthin? Probably not. But they are responsible for the pigments of leafy green vegetables and other brightly colored foods. These nutrients are the key to protecting the macula, the area of the eye that gives us our central, most detailed vision. Be sure to incorporate leafy greens as well as any other brightly colored foods into your diet for superior eye health!
Can’t get enough of these super foods? Find 21 more on the American Academy of Ophthalmology website, a great resource that Midwest Eye Consultants trusts for eye health and preventative tips!