OK. Its that time of the year again. The holiday munching and days of binge-watching are over, replaced by well-intentioned, New Year resolutions. Let’s address the two biggies on everyone’s list, exercise and diet, from a “vision” perspective. The most active muscles in your body are in your eye because the eye has over 2 million moving parts. Finished! Exercise handled. Wasn’t that easy? On a more realistic note, diet definitely affects vision as well as our overall health. According to research, some key nutrients that impact vision are:
- Vitamin C (oranges, broccoli, pineapples, bell peppers) lessens the likelihood of cataracts and slows the progress of age-related macular degeneration as well as the loss of visual acuity.
- Vitamin D (sardines, tuna, mackerel) helps prevent dry eye.
- Vitamin E (almonds, spinach, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes) helps protect cells of the eye from free radicals.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon,walnuts) and zinc (pumpkin, squash) contribute to the healthy functioning of our eyes as well as our overall well-being.