Sight-Savers: We List the Foods That Can Keep Your Eyes Healthy

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Maintaining
good eye health isn’t just about having an annual examination and
looking after your contact lenses or spectacles. You can take a
much more active role in protecting your eyes.

Nutrients such
as Vitamin C, omega-3 oils and key plant molecules are so important
that you really can eat your way to better vision, says leading
eye researcher Professor Ian Grierson, Head of Ophthalmology at
the University of Liverpool.

‘Eye problems
such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, a leading
cause of blindness, are all affected by what we eat,’ says Prof
Grierson. ‘Adding a little more fruit and vegetables to your meals
could dramatically reduce eye disease in future.’

So, what key
foods should you focus on to keep your eyesight sharp and healthy?

Leafy greens

Spinach, chard,
kale, broccoli and sprouts are rich sources of two important pigments – lutein and zeaxanthin – that are used by the retina at the back
of the eye for clear vision.

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April
8, 2009

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