Smart Diet to Protect Ageing Eyes

February 25, 2014 | Filed Under Nutrition Supplements 

As you age you start noticing certain changes in your vision. Sometimes age brings certain change that weakens your eyes. The most common problems of vision starts after you turn 40; you find it difficult to read and to do close concentration requiring tasks. Newspaper prints, or a menu card in the restaurant seems very difficult to read. You might require glasses to read and you might find it difficult to view in a normal glare.

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But one should not get disappointed as these changes cannot stop you from enjoying the life or from maintaining your independent lifestyle.  But it is true that as you age you are at a higher risk of getting or developing age associated eye problems.

A number of common eye diseases or problems that may arise as you age are as follows:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Low vision
  • Presbyopia
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Dry eyes
  • Floaters or tiny spots or sparks that you see when you move your eyes
  • Tearing
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal disease etc.

There are a number of warning signs that you must keep in check like fluctuating visions, floaters and flashes, seeing distorted images and headache etc. along with this certain lifestyle changes and dietary changes can also help you boost your eye health and prevent permanent vision loss.

Healthy diet for eyes:

  1. Take a good amount of protein diet: eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources are good for those who don’t eat fish or meat. Fishes like tuna, salmon and other oily fishes are good source of natural proteins. Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli are full of lutein which a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect against age related cataract. Sweet corn, peas also contain large amount of eye protecting antioxidants.
  2. Lower down the sodium intake: high amount of sodium in diet increases the risk of cataract in the ageing people. Instead one can choose fresh foods over high sodium high calorie crispy snacks. Try to limit the sodium intake to 2000mg a day.
  3. Drink lots of water and remain hydrated: drinking large amount of water or other non-aerated drinks like fruit juices, vegetable juices and herbal tea is good for eyes and also protect from the dry eye irritation or dry eyes.
  4. Eat cereals and grains: choosing 100 percent whole grains bread over sugars and refined white flour may decrease the risk of age related eye problems.
  5. Include vitamins like vitamin: A to your diet: orange colored fruits and vegetables like oranges, pumpkin, squash and carrots are enriched with beta-carotene. Beta carotene (provide orange color to these foods) is converted in vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is good for our eyes and immune system.

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