Eating certain foods can help to reduce the risk of cataracts and eye disease. Below are foods that encourage preventative eye care.
Fatty Fish: Fatty fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA, which is recommended for dry eyes and which help to restore the structural support of the eye’s membranes. Examples of fatty fish with DHA include sardines, mackerel, tuna and salmon.
Vegetables: Making vegetables a part of your meals is extremely important. Eating green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are filled with carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids protect the eye from the sun and from blue light.
Fruits: Fruits are rich in vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene. These nutrients are specifically important for daytime vision and can be found in squash, sweet potato and cantaloupe.
Eggs: Eggs contain components that protect the lens of the eye. These components are cysteine, sulfur, lecithin, amino acids and lutein.
Soy: Soy and soy products contain essential fatty acids, phytoestrogens, vitamin E and natural anti-inflammatory agents to help protect the eye.