The foods we eat can have a huge impact on our eye health. Here are a few of them:
First: Egg yolks and leafy greens, like kale and spinach, which are packed with an antioxidant called lutein. The center of our retina, the area where our eyes focus most sharply, is called the macula, and lutein gathers there, and protects the macula from damaging UV light. Lutein also helps cut our recovery time when we move indoors out of bright sunlight, and helps lower our risk of developing cataracts, and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Another food that’s good for our eyes: Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, anchovies, trout and wild salmon. They’re all rich in DHA, a fatty acid naturally found in the retina. Low levels of DHA can lead to dry eye syndrome, where we don’t make enough tears to lubricate our eyes, or wash away dust and bacteria, and the lack of moisture raises our risk of infection.
Finally, experts say we should eat more almonds, citrus and berries. They’re packed with vitamins C and E, which are proven to help reduce cataracts, and age-related blindness.