For people with cataracts, seeing with clouded vision is sort of like looking through a hazy, fogged-up window. In the United States alone, over 24 million people aged 40 and older have been affected by cataracts. One of the most effective ways to prevent cataracts and other degenerative eye diseases is by following a healthy diet that includes antioxidants and phytochemicals.
- Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are known to reduce the risk of cataracts in people. Good sources of omega-3 include anchovies, mackerel, herring, salmon and cod. It is recommended to consume fish at least twice per week to sustain good eyesight and protect your eyes from vision loss brought on by cataracts.
- Whole grains: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends eating at least three servings of whole-grain foods every day. This includes brown rice, amaranth, millet, bulgur, quinoa, rye and more. Whole grains contain zinc, niacin and vitamin E, which can all improve eye health by slowing down the progression of cataracts. An eye doctor also suggests avoiding refined grains and sugars in baked goods.
- Fruits and vegetables: Consuming five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day is excellent for maintaining eye health. This food group offers the highest amount of antioxidants and is full of eye-friendly nutrients, such as lutein and zeaxanthin as well as vitamins A, C and E, so make sure to make them the building blocks of your diet. When shopping for your supply, look for strawberries, tangerines, yellow peppers, kale, blueberries and more.
You can count on Guilford Eye Center for high-quality eye care solutions. Our services include eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, cataract treatment and more. Call us at (314) 627-0805, or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment. We serve patients in Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding areas.