We all know that to protect our vision, we should get our eyes checked once a year. But what else can we do to ensure that we maintain healthy eyes throughout our life? Believe it or not, protecting your eyes can be as simple as eating a healthy, balanced diet. Consider keeping some of these staples on hand in your pantry at Luke Family Housing.
Start with orange juice and green vegetables. They are packed with vitamin C, which helps fight glaucoma, and the heavy dose of antioxidants will guard against macular degeneration.
While you’re at it, remember the color orange; carrots, sweet potatoes, and other orange fruits/vegetables are high in beta carotene, which is a building block for vitamin A and strengthens your corneas and helps prevent night blindness.
Enjoy salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and avocado. All are good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Besides preventing dry eye syndrome, this beneficial fat helps heart and brain health!
You’re not limited to meals, either. Think of all the finger foods you can snack on throughout the day—citrus fruits, broccoli, peaches, mangoes, garlic, chickpeas . . . with every bite, your eyes get stronger. These foods are not a substitute for your annual eye exam, but they can ensure that your appointment is quick, easy, and painless.