Is Your Diet Impacting Your Vision?
You are what you eat, right? Yes, it’s true that if you eat a diet high in bad fats and high in cholesterol (like that burger you at last weekend, oops!) then you are at a higher risk of being overweight. But when it comes to other parts of your health— like your vision— how much of an impact does your diet have? Let’s take a closer look.
In an article published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last summer, it said that a diet high in starchy and sugary foods could increase your chances of getting macular degeneration— an eye disease that can cause vision loss or impairment. In the study, it said that the frequent spike in blood sugar is what had the most influence on the development of macular degeneration. The same study also indicated that people who ate a healthy diet that was s rich in antioxidants were less likely to get macular degeneration.
Your eyes are exposed to a variety of different environmental factors each day which can contribute to a variety of different eye diseases and problems. Studies show that people who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables— especially leafy greens— that contain nutrients like zeaxanthin have more protection against oxidative changes to the retina. If you aren’t already eating enough leafy greens, try adding a spinach salad to your dinner plate every night or try making a green smoothie for breakfast each morning.
As previously mentioned, antioxidants are good at protecting your eyes against macular degeneration, but did you know that they are also good at healing your eyes as well? Plus, antioxidants may be in some of your favorite foods like dark chocolate, berries, and even some nuts!
To learn more about how you can take better care of your vision or to schedule an appointment, contact our Papale Eye Center office at 413.782-0030.