Eat Right to Improve Your Sight
Here are seven foods help you see clearly.
Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, another vision protector. Processed tomato products or fresh tomatoes eaten with a little olive oil will help boost the absorption of lycopene. Researchers say eating foods rich in antioxidants is better than taking supplements.
Spinach, Kale, and other Dark, Leafy Greens
As the only nut to contain any significant amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, pistachios are the eye-friendliest of snack nuts. They provide lutein and zeaxanthin and also pack in significant amounts of vitamin E. The mono and polyunsaturated fats in pistachios also help boost the absorption of carotenoids. In fact, a study found that those who added pistachios to their diet significantly boosted levels of lutein.
4 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Eating the right foods can help keep your peepers healthy. But so can following these four tips:
- Get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40. Your ophthalmologist will prescribe intervals for follow-up exams.
- Avoid extended eyestrain. Our eyes aren't made to focus on a single object for long periods. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes of focusing on a computer screen, for example, take a break for at least 20 seconds. Then focus on something 20 feet away before resuming your work.
- Get your sleep. Like the rest of your body, your eyes rejuvenate when you're asleep enjoying continuous lubrication. During shuteye they also clear out irritants like dust, allergens, or smoke.
- Get exercise. Just like the rest of our organs, our eyes need good blood circulation and oxygen intake. Regular exercise can help—plus exercise can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, which can also affect the eyes.