The doctor tells you to eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals-” green leafy vegetables” but you are not sure which ones or why. Here is an excellent article about green leafy vegetables, which ones give you the most vitamins and why they are considered as the go to for eye vitamins. – MDA

by Carrie Miller

While many folks know a carrot a day can help keep the eye doctor away, few realize that kale is the superior eye-strengthening veggie.

That’s because the vegetable is high in lutein — also known as the “eye vitamin” — and is helpful in preventing diseases of the eye, including age-related macular degeneration, which is virtually untreatable and is the leading cause of severe vision loss among those 50 or older, according to the American Optometric Association.

Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale offer the highest amount of lutein per serving, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, and incorporating these nutrient-rich vegetables can help stave off the condition, said Dr. Christine Buono of North Shore Eye Care.

She said she sees multiple patients each day who are affected by the disease, which damages the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina that’s needed for sharp, central vision.

The macula helps us focus on objects directly in front of us and, when damaged, can interfere with everyday activities like reading, writing, driving or even focusing on a familiar face, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Lutein, Dr. Buono said, occurs naturally in the eye, helping to protect and maintain healthy cells in the macula, and a daily intake of lutein through diet or nutritional supplements is important to maintain good eye health.

She said patients with the disease often first notice its impact on their ability to read…….

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