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Healthy Diet, Healthy Eyes

eat-more-kale-stickerWe all know the important role a healthy diet plays in preventing disease and improving our overall quality of life. But did you know that a healthy diet could also help improve your vision?

Studies have proven that diets rich in antioxidants and nutrients such as lutein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E can reduce a person’s likelihood of developing common age-related vision disorders such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. In fact, one popular study showed that a healthy diet was so important, it was linked to a 40 percent reduction in visual impairments among adults 65 years and older. Perhaps even more notable, is that the study didn’t account for other known risk factors such as diabetes and smoking.

To protect your vision and reduce your chances of developing these visual impairments as you age, it’s important to make healthy eating a priority in your life. This means eating a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables, fish, nuts and eggs, as well as reducing your intake of saturated fats, processed foods, sugar and alcohol.

For more information on how healthy eating habits can benefit your vision, talk to your optometrist during your next visit.

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