Healthy eating tips for good eyesight and when to see an eye doctor
Most people only realize the value of their eyesight once it starts to fail and affect their everyday activities. Sometimes, to the point that it makes walking or conducting basic work duties that require vision difficult. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid this or even prevent vision problems from developing. You can start by learning more about the top three vegetables and fruits that can improve your eyesight, if not maintain a healthy vision, as well as the conditions which may require the services of an eye specialist.
Food for improved vision
Rich in Vitamins C and A, carrots are the staple food for a healthy eyesight. You can eat one cup of chopped carrots daily for eye health. Vitamin C is essential to the health of eye blood vessels and helps the body produce and preserve connective tissue, such as collagen, which is located in the cornea of the eye. Vitamin A is essential to good vision as it helps you see in poorly lit rooms and in the dark.
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Kale is great for the eyes as it contains beta-carotene aside from lutein and zeaxanthin. One cup of kale can provide 23.8 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. Your body transforms beta-carotene into vitamin A which is fundamental to good eye health. As for lutein and zeaxanthin, they block blue light from getting into the underlying parts of the retina aside from lowering the risk of light-induced oxidative damage which may induce macular degeneration (AMD).
Citrus fruits refer to oranges, lemons, kiwi, tangerines, and grapefruit which do wonders for the eyes because they are full of Vitamin C. Also called as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C decreases the risk of getting cataracts. An adult can eat one or two servings of citrus fruits per day for good eyesight.
Conditions that may require a visit to an eye specialist
Despite eating healthy food, you may still experience eye health problems due to genetic, workplace, and accidental causes. If you have a family history of eyesight problems, such as corneal diseases and glaucoma, you may need regular checkups with an eye doctor for timely and proper diagnosis. Furthermore, if you experience sudden vision changes or severe eye pain and irritation, you should consult an eye specialist as soon as possible.
The food you eat can improve your eyesight. Nevertheless, if there’s a history of vision illnesses in your family as well as sudden eye pain, consider visiting an eye specialist who can diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate treatment.
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- Eye Doctor Appointment: What to Expect, WebMD.com
- Lutein And Zeaxanthin: Eye And Vision Benefits, AllAboutVision.com
- These are the best foods to eat to improve your eyesight, BusinessInsider.com
- Vitamin C, AOA.org
About the expert
Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon
MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.