World Sight Day: You’ve got stunning eyes. Here’s how to take care of them | health and fitness | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Aug 17, 2017-Thursday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

World Sight Day: You’ve got stunning eyes. Here’s how to take care of them

Foods with the most beneficial effects for eyes include green leafy vegetables and oily fish.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 13, 2016 11:29 IST
AFP
Taking care of your eyes is so underrated.
Taking care of your eyes is so underrated.(Shutterstock)

A good diet is important in maintaining eye health is no news but a group of researches from US have prepared a list of specific foods, which, when eaten regularly, could reduce eye-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration by 25%. Foods with the most beneficial effects for eyes include green leafy vegetables and oily fish.

Green leafy vegetables

Spinach doesn’t help only Popeye. Let it help you too. (Shutterstock)

Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli and Swiss chard, are the most beneficial foods for eyes. In fact, researchers have found that diets rich in this type of food can be associated with much lower levels of eye disease than other types of diet. The nutrients found in kale, for example -- in particular lutein and zeaxanthin -- are believed to lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Cataracts form when the crystalline lens -- a small oval lens situated behind the pupil -- loses transparency. When this lens becomes cloudy, it’s more difficult for light to reach the retina. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious illness that affects the retina and leads to the progressive loss of sight.

Read: Eight foods to keep your peepers shining bright

Fish twice a week

It’s better to avoid farmed fish and check sources carefully to minimize the presence of lead and mercury. (Shutterstock)

Two servings of fish per week are recommended to healthy peepers. Salmon, sardines and mackerel are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids which protect the heart and the eyes. It’s better to avoid farmed fish and check sources carefully to minimize the presence of lead and mercury.

Mediterranean diet

Tuck into plenty of foods containing zinc and antioxidants to take extra care of your eyes. (Shutterstock)

In general, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a low-fat diet that’s rich in (red) fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds (almonds, sesame seeds). Tuck into plenty of foods containing zinc and antioxidants to take extra care of your eyes. Vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium all protect blood vessels, which in turn benefits the eyes. Pluses like lentils and kidney beans are excellent sources of zinc, as are almonds, calf’s liver, oysters and rye bread.

Mix up a smoothie

Blend up some smoothies regularly for better eyes. (Shutterstock)

Why not try mixing and matching the ingredients above to make a tasty juice cocktail packed with eye-boosting vitamins and minerals? Try blending two apricots with one kale leaf, one cup of blueberries, half an avocado, 100ml of almond milk and half a teaspoon of ginger.

Read: Soothing music before eye surgery reduces anxiety

What to avoid

Avoid engaging in a stare-off with the sun. (Shutterstock)

Avoid the sun, cigarette smoke, high blood pressure and fatty or fried foods. These can all irritate tissue in the eye and cause it to deteriorate more easily.’

Follow @htlifeandstyle for more