The new advice from the Glaucoma Research Foundation is that you can eat right to protect your sight.
Really, this shouldn’t come as a massive surprise. Diet has such a massive impact on overall health that it should almost be expected that the right foods can help your eyes stay healthy and free of disease.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and also one of the eye diseases that good nutrition may help keep at bay. It is a group of eye diseases that can cause progressive vision loss by damaging the optic nerve.
Here are some of the foods that may help:
Fruit and Veggies: Really, any fruit or vegetable can offer the nutrients eyes need to stay healthy. Most are packed with vitamin A and C and other antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin.
Antioxidants help protect against stress associated with damage to the optic nerve.
Leafy greens may be especially useful in promoting eye health. Some research shows a link between higher kale and spinach consumption and a lower risk of glaucoma.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of vitamin E, which help keep cells healthy and protect them from damage caused by free radicals.
Fatty Fish: Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna, sardines, and halibut, are linked with lower pressure in the eye.
Tea: There is also data to suggest that at least one cup of hot tea per day may lower the risk of glaucoma.
A healthy and balanced diet that is rich in nutrients is great for your eyes, too.