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Hungrier for Healthy Vision? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Hungrier for Healthy Vision?
Suchi Matalia, OD

eye_health_carrotsPatients always ask what they can add to their diet to keep their eyes healthy.  For the most part, the foods that are good for your body are also good for your eyes.  Below lists a few items which are rich in nutrients essential for your eye health.

1. Carrots

Yes your mom was right!  Carrots are great for your eyes!  The beta carotene in carrots is an anti-oxidant which helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

2. Spinach

The green leafy vegetable is filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, and lutein and zeaxanthin, a great combination of protecting your macula and lowering the risk of macular degeneration.

3. Fish

Seafood rich in DHA, such as salmon, anchovies, tuna, trout, and mackerel are essential for your eye health.  DHA is a fatty acid that has shown to help those suffering with dry eye disease.

4. Citrus Fruits

Oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits have high amounts have vitamin C.  The antioxidant prevents and/or delays the onset of cataracts and macular degeneration.

5. Legumes

Legumes such as black eyes peas, lima beans, and kidney beans contain zinc.  Zinc can help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.

6. Eggs

Not a fan of the veggies and fruits?  The yolk of an egg also has great sources of lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc – all helpful for preventing and/or lowering the risk of macular degeneration.

7. Almonds

Almonds are filled with vitamin E, another vitamin which slows macular degeneration.


Suchi Matalia, O.D.

Optometrist, Optix Family Eyecare Center

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