How well do you see? 20/20 vision is what is considered to be good eye sight. The condition of your vision depends on the capillaries where nutrients and oxygen are transferred to the eyes. To preserve the sight, those small arteries should be healthy to provide nutrients for good eye sight. Weakening of eye sight is often brought by old age. But for some, poor sight occurs while they are young due to different factors and luckily there are a few that despite the old age still preserve their good eye sight. What we can prevent is for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), and the key is food, getting the right food.
Vitamin C, E, Beta- Carotene and Zinc supplements can prevent AMD. These supplements lower the progression rate of AMD. However, it is better to take food that contains these nutrients like carrots, citrus fruits, vegetables and others.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin lowers the risk of cataracts and AMD. As studied by the researchers in Tutt’s Universiyt year 2008, among the 1802 women aging 50-79 years old, 23% is the chance to less likely have cataracts. These nutrients can be found in tomatoes, kale, spinach, broccoli, turnips, greens, Romaine lettice and brussel sprouts.
There were 2520 who was studied by the researchers in Johns Hopkins University and proved that Omega-3 fatty reduce the risk of AMD. Those who ate fishes rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have longer years spent with good eyesight.
Strengthening your optic nerves can keep that good eyesight. Eggs are rich in sulphur, cysteine and Omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen optic nerves.
Anti-oxidants pills have been well-known and wildly used to reduce risk to AMD and cataracts. Keeping cells from maturity will preserve them. Yes, it is true however; they may also cause risks to other possible disorders.
What we are to do is not simply focus on the single type of food we take but the overall diet. Consider that proteins in the eyes are sensitive to high glycemic index food that can lead to AMD. Proper Mediterranean diet is what is highly suggested. Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, chicken, lean meats with low salt and heart healthy oils.
Keep also in mind that too much salt can increase blood pressure and may damage blood vessels. Lowering the salt intake is good to prevent diabetes. Diabetes can cause blindness called diabetic retinopathy. Blood vessels in the retina are irreversibly damaged. However, there are scientific speculations that eating food preventing type 2 diabetes can lower diabetic retinopathy. Studies are made to prove this.
While You might as well think that wearing eye glasses will make you look like a genius or wearing contacts are cool with those different colors, you should think again. Having poor eye sight is always a disadvantage. It is a sign that our body can no longer keep all its parts working together. Keeping those eyes with good vision is an asset we have to treasure and take good care. You’ll often realize that when you’re older and when your sight is as poor as ever.