Smart Nutrition Choices for Eye Health

How does diet play into vision health?

Studies have shown that some nutrients may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a common eye condition and the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50 years old. While specific vitamins and supplements are promoted as beneficial, experts agree that the best method is simply to consume a varied diet that’s rich in antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Recommended sources of these specific nutrients include:

  • Dark green vegetables, especially kale, spinach and Swiss chard
  • Most vegetables, especially corn, squash, tomatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Most fruits, especially nectarines, oranges and papaya
  • Egg yolks

In addition to diet, certain lifestyle factors can also affect eye health. Be sure to exercise regularly, avoid smoking and maintain normal blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Check in with your eye care professional on a regular basis as well to receive prompt treatment for any macular issues.

Want to learn more about nutrition? Learn more about our team of dietitians.