stomach growls when you are hungry. But your eyes are asking to be
is essential for eye health. Structures including the tear film,
cornea, lens and retina all benefit from a healthy diet.
zeaxanthin are what your eyes need, according to the American
Optometric Association. Spinach, kale and chard are loaded with these
important nutrients, and so are many yellow and orange fruits and
nutrient levels in the eyes can be measured during an eye exam.
"That test is a game-changer in how we look at overall eye
health," says Dr. Kyle Ross, an optometrist with North Shore Eye
Health and Wellness.
Ross, good nutrition can assist in several areas of eye function.
Eating right can prevent dry eye, slow the development of cataracts,
keep the retina healthy, and reduce sensitivity to glare and light.
One study also links higher levels of lutein and zeaxanthin to reduced
risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
expect a steady diet of carrots to improve your eyesight. "You
could eat as much of all these nutrients as you want," says Ross,
"but if you are nearsighted, youíre nearsighted. Much more
important is the health of the tissues of the eye."
diets are lacking in not only lutein and zeaxanthin, but also vitamins
A, D and E and Omega-3 fatty acids that are important for eye health
and overall wellness. Plus, people process and absorb vitamins
people could eat buckets and buckets and buckets of spinach and not
get up to protective levels of lutein and zeaxanthin," says Ross.
"The key is, no matter how we get it, we need to build those
Depending on a
personís age and other health factors, a basic multivitamin might
take care of the shortfall. Other people need supplements or