05.02.2016

Good nutrition "is vital to eye health"

Good nutrition "is vital to eye health"

Seemingly every month, a new miracle cure for damaged vision is unveiled with people who try them reporting varying degrees of success, but there is one very easy way to look after eye health, one expert has noted.

One of the simplest ways to safeguard your eyesight is by following a good diet, according to Sarah Zerbib, head of marketing and PR at the International Glaucoma Association (IGA).

She noted that, as has long been reported, vitamin D intake can have an impact on our eye health, though the foods we eat generally play a large part in maintaining eyesight.

The expert explained that the IGA Sightline Advisors helpline lists many foods as being known to be good for eye health, with some popular options including green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, colourful fruits and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes.

In addition, peppers and berries and oily fish, which is high in Omega 3, are all beneficial to the eyes, while vitamin D- containing food such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are all vital to eye health.

Such foods can also help to delay the onset of serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, which causes the blindness of thousands of people a year.

"Anybody can develop glaucoma, but it becomes much more common with age, especially after 40. Research shows there is a higher percentage of people over the age of 50 who develop glaucoma and other eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts," she explained.

As a result, she noted that it is particularly important for older people to follow a nutritious diet to help safeguard their eyes against problems.

by Adrian Galbreth


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