Eat right to protect your sight

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Feed your eyes with more than just carrots as a study revealed 60% of the UK doesn’t know the impact diet has on their vision.

This week is National Eye Health Week (24-30 September) and NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group is focusing on the importance of the link between diet and eye health.

Research has shown the following foods to be beneficial to eye sight:

  • Kale and spinach: Rich in antioxidants that can reduce discomfort from glare, and prevent age-related eye diseases including cataracts
  • Blueberries and grapes: contain antioxidants that can help improve night vision
  • Oily salmon, tuna, cod and mackerel: source of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and Omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial for dry eyes and may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ADM)
  • Eggs: rich in sulphur and amino acids that can protects the lens of the eyes to prevent cataracts

The benefits of eating antioxidant rich food include everything from improving night vision to reducing dry eyes.

Eye health is something we can forget about. With physical health you can easily see issues such as weight gain, whereas often something needs to go wrong to our eyes before we know there is an issue. Therefore a healthy diet is can be key to preventing major problems with eye health later in life.

It’s recommended to have an eye sight test every two years, unless told otherwise by a health professional.

For more information about National Eye Health Week, visit: http://www.visionmatters.org.uk