Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices for Healthy Eyes

Preventing eye disease is one of the top ways to maintain good vision and eye comfort.  And while some eye diseases are unavoidable, others can be prevented, slowed, or suppressed simply by making good lifestyle and diet choices.  For example, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye Syndrome, Cataracts, and Eye Lid Disorders are all conditions strongly linked to nutrition and lifestyle.

Scientific research has shown that nutrients such as antioxidants, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Zinc, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin D, and fiber all contribute to eye health.  Foods that contain these nutrients have been named “eyefoods.”

Foods for healthy vision:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • cold water fish, anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines
  • orange vegetables
  • fruits, especially citrus
  • dairy products
  • meat, poultry, eggs, and shellfish
  • fortified cereals, nuts, dried beans
  • mushrooms

Lifestyle factors that impact the prevention of eye disease:

  • UV and blue light exposure
  • Smoking
  • Body mass index & waist circumference
  • Physical activity
  • Cardiovascular health

It’s important to evaluate your lifestyle to maximize your ability to protect and preserve your eye health.  A discussion with your doctor can help you create a well rounded diet that provides the right amount of disease preventing nutrients for you.