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Posted on 10-12-2016

The Best Foods for Healthy Eyes

Chow down to keep your vision sharp

•LEAFY GREENS- Kale, collards and other dark greens are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin-antioxidants that, studies show, lower the risk of developing macular degeneration (the death of cells in the macula, an area of your retina) and cataracts  (the gradual clouding of your lens).

•EGGS- The yolk is prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin-plus zinc, which also helps cut macular degeneration risk.

CITRUS AND BERRIES- These fruits are powerhouses of Vitamin C, which has been found to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

•ALMONDS- They're filled with Vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half your daily does of E.

•FATTY FISH- Tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid in your retina. Low levels of DHA have been linked to dry eye syndrome.

•CARROTS- You've probably heard that carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables promote eye health and protect vision, and it's true: Beta-carotene, a type of Vitamin A that gives these foods their hue, help maintain the retina and other parts of the eye function smoothly. And a 2015 study revealed that people who consume the highest intake of beta-carotene from food had a 36 percent lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

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