Keep an eye on these foods

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First things first, think beyond carrots. See more than just carrots. Improve your vision. Fact is, carrots are so yesterday. It’s high time we all looked beyond carrots when it comes to foods that are good for the eyes. See more than just carrots, and you’ll see so many other foods that can help you see better. Without further ado, let’s see what we mean.

Go greens

They’re packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that, studies show, lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Eggzactly

The yolk is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk, according to Paul Dougherty, MD, medical director of Dougherty Laser Vision in Los Angeles. And, no, the yolk, in moderation, is not bad for you.

Citrus is berry good

Citrus fruits, berries are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Nuts about almonds

They’re filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.

Oh, fish

Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina—low levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome, says Jimmy Lee, MD, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City.

The whole truth

A diet containing foods with a low glycemic index (GI) can help reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration. Swap refined carbohydrates for quinoa, brown rice, whole oats and whole-wheat breads and pasta. The vitamin E, zinc and niacin found in whole grains also help promote overall eye health.

Colorific diet

Colorful Foods such as carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, corn and cantaloupe are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. The carotenoids — the compounds that give these fruits and vegetables their yellow, orange and red pigments — are thought to help decrease the risk of many eye diseases.

Beef

Yes, beef – as long as it’s not banned. Lean beef, in moderation, can boost your eye health. Beef contains zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Final food for thought

Apart from eating right, it also helps to get your eyes checked once in six months. They won’t cost you anything. On the contrary, they’ll add years to your eyes. Bon appétit and see you soon.

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