Our eyesight tends to weaken as we age, with symptoms usually varying from blurry vision to frequent headaches and watery eyes. Though it may not always be the case, factors like genetics, aging, excessive strain on the eyes and even poor nutrition are usually the contributing factors. And while weak eyesight may be corrected with prescription glasses, lenses or even surgery, consuming foods rich in the nutrients lutein andzeaxanthin (both of which can reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases) as well as a diet rich in vitamins C and E, beta-Carotene and Omega-3 fatty acids, may also help prevent age-related eye diseases.
FACT! According to the American Optometric Association, more than 25 million people worldwide are affected by age-related macular degeneration and cataracts – the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55.
Here are 10 of your best sources:
1. Start your day off with an Egg
For a beneficial breakfast, protein-packed eggs are a great way to get you started each morning. While boosting your energy, eggs also provide nutrients such as lutein, vitamin E and Omega 3 – all essential for improved eyesight. Opt for a high quality, free-range brand to stock up on more nutrients.
2. Squeeze an Orange each morning
Oranges making it to this list, should come as no surprise – they are, after all, renowned to be a great source of vitamin C, which has been found to improve eye tissue health. In the eye, vitamin C may also help to regenerate other important antioxidants, such as vitamin E.