Eat these seven foods to keep your eyes healthy (via RealAge.com).
- Kale is packed with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect your eyes from retinal damage, the onset of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which supports healthy blood vessels in the eye and may reduce your risk of developing cataracts.
- Peanuts contain vitamin E, which protects your eyes from free radical damage and may also defend against the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Kidney beans are an excellent food for your eyes because they contain zinc, which helps transport vitamin A from the liver to the retina for eye-protective melanin production. Including the right amount of zinc in your diet can also improve your night vision and help prevent cataracts.
- Salmon contains two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids — docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) — which may prevent or slow progression of eye diseases. Insufficient omega-3s in your diet may also exacerbate dry eye syndrome.
- Whole grains are an important part of a low-glycemic-index (GI) diet, which one study suggest may cut your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by almost 8 percent. Opt for high-fiber whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, whole oats, and whole-wheat breads and pasta.
- Apricots pack a powerful amount of beta carotene, a carotenoid that the body converts to vitamin A. Research shows beta carotene may help improve night vision and prevent cataracts.