26.11.2014

Healthy diet "can protect sight"

Healthy diet "can protect sight"

People should ensure they are eating a diet that safeguards their eye health, it has been suggested.

An article on courier-journal.com noted that wearing contact lenses is not the only way to boost vision and suggested a range of foods which can be effective in staving off sight-related problems.

Dr Emily Chew, deputy director of the National Eye Institute"s division of epidemiology and clinical applications, stated that some doctors recommended people boost their eye health by eating foods which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and oily fish.

In addition, dark and leafy greens like spinach and kale are thought to be beneficial for sight, especially for people suffering from macular degeneration.

Dr Chew also told the news provider that past research has claimed high doses of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc and copper taken in combination can prevent macular degeneration from becoming worse, but doctors should be consulted before this course of action is taken.

Recent research from the College of Optometrists claimed that 65 per cent of Brits could be eating diets which increase the risk of future eyesight problems.

by Alexa Kaczka


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