The adage, “You are what you eat,” couldn’t be truer— especially when it comes to your health. For instance, if you eat a healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, and proteins, you are more likely to live a healthy life. Did you know that eating a healthy diet cannot only impact your heart’s health but that it can also impact your vision as well? Specifically, a healthy diet can help protect your eyes against glaucoma. As a condition that increases the amount of pressure in your eye, glaucoma can result in blindness if left untreated. To help protect your eyes from developing glaucoma, we have created a brief list of foods you can eat. Read on to learn more.
If you are going to eat one thing for healthy eyes, consider making it spinach. Not only does spinach have antioxidants in it, but it also contains lutein and zeaxanthin— two ingredients that are said to shield your eyes against the damaging effects of oxygen. And because oxygen can create an unnecessary amount of pressure on your eyes, you might as well eat food that will protect them from it.
Eating a diet rich in foods like oranges, grapefruit, and lemon has many benefits including an increased amount of Vitamin C. Vitamin C isn’t just good at supporting a healthy immune system, it is also good at helping your body make and form connective tissues and support stable corneal health.
You’ve probably heard it since you are a little kid that carrots promote strong, healthy eyesight. However, are they doing your eyes justice? Even though carrots aren’t as powerful as spinach at shielding your eyes, they still are good for them. Containing large amounts of beta-carotene, carrots help to promote healthy, glaucoma free eyes.
It’s scary to think of getting old— especially when you have to consider things like glaucoma. Luckily, by adding spinach, citrus fruits, and carrots into your diet, you can help protect your eyes against this disease. To learn more about how you can shield your eyesight or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact Eye and Lasik Center today!