Lack of fruit and veg can cause poor eyesight

Lack of fruit and veg can cause poor eyesight

A lack of fresh fruit in the diet can seriously threaten eyesight, research has suggested.

According to the healthcare provider Simplyhealth, 60 per cent of people have no idea that what they eat can affect their eye health.

The research rated fruits and vegetables highly in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Leafy green vegetables, carrots, melons, papaya, tomatoes, red peppers, blueberries, plums, red grapes and aubergines all contain beneficial substances such as antioxidants, carotenoids and lutein which can reduce the risk of developing AMD by more than a third.

Eyecare Trust chairman Iain Anderson said: "In some instances vision that is already in decline can be restored by following a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and generally cutting down on the things that we know are bad for us like cigarettes and alcohol."

Only recently the sight charity Eyecare Trust, along with Simplyhealth, warned that obesity makes people twice as likely to lose their sight as those with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI).

by Emily Tait

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