Want to protect your sight? Follow the EYE diet! Cheese, red wine, salmon and peanuts can all help prevent blindness
By LIZZIE PARRY FOR MAILONLINE
New survey reveals 60% of respondents didn’t know their diet affects their sight, with one in five incorrectly believing what they eat has no bearing at all on the health of their eyes
Prevalence of degenerative eye diseases including cataract and age-related macular degeneration is rising
Dietitian Helen Bond reveals the vital vitamins and minerals to include in your diet to protect your eyesight
Antioxidants, omega 3, carotenoids and reservatrol are vital to help preserve eyesight and are typically found in foods including passion fruit, cheese and milk, salmon, kale and spinach, red wine and peanuts
As the childhood saying goes, ‘eat your carrots and you’ll be able to see in the dark’.
While years of scientific studies have debated the issue, the premise is one which escapes most of us.
The importance of a healthy, balanced diet is readily accepted by those desperate to shed pounds to become a slimmer version of themselves.
The motivation to pile our plates high with fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and other nutritious treats is often solely focused on achieving a sleaker physique.
But, unbeknownst to many dieters, is that the beneficial effects of a healthy diet go further, helping to maintain the health of their eyes.
With an ageing population, people are living longer than ever before.
And, as with any other organ in the body, the eyes are also affected as a person ages.
The prevalence of degenerative eye diseases, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are on the rise.
And experts predict the situation will only get worse.
AMD is already the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and is expected to increase by 50 per cent in the next five years.
These common sight conditions not only cause severe discomfort, but can trigger irreversible damage and a loss of vision.
Though eyesight is important to everyone, a recent survey carried out by Thea Pharmaceuticals found 60 per cent of us are unaware that the food we eat can affect the health of our eyes.
One in five incorrectly believe what they eat has no bearing on their vision at all.
Professor Christine Purslow, from the University of Plymouth, said: ‘It is always a worry that while so many people consider sight so important so few of us take effective practical steps to help maintain eye health……..
Source: Daily Mail