The best foods to keep your eyes healthy
Everyone knows eating carrots helps you see in the dark (it really does – a vitamin A deficiency can lead to night blindness), but did you know there’s more to healthy eyeballs than orange vegetables?
New research reveals 60% of people are unaware that what we consume has an impact on our eye health, with another 20% believing that changing your diet won’t affect your eyes – which isn’t the case.
In fact, the results showed that 95% of Brits could be at risk of a deficiency in one or more key nutrients, while three-quarters had never even heard of the likes of Lutein or Zeaxanthin – nutrients vital for your vision.
The survey, conducted by Thea Pharmaceuticals, also asked optometrists about the state of the nation’s ocular fitness, with more than half of eye docs (52%) saying they fear that processed and convenience foods will contribute to worsening eye health over the next decade.
Eye conditions to watch out for
Due to our ageing population, the prevalence of degenerative conditions like cataracts, glaucoma and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is increasing – all of which can lead to irreversible damage and loss of vision.
“For several of these conditions there are no major symptoms to begin with. The patient may not know they are suffering until the deterioration has started – and there are far fewer options for treatment,” says Christine Purslow, Professor of Optometry and medical director at Thea Pharmaceuticals, who conducted the research.
“There is clearly still a lot that can and needs to be done to help educate the public on the effects of what we eat on our long-term eye health – both good and bad.”
So what should we be doing to prevent sight problems in future? It’s essential, experts say, to have a balanced and varied diet that covers a quartet of key food groups. Follow our four-step guide to ensure you’re eating enough eye-optimising nutrients…
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