How eating healthy & nutritious protects ageing eyes?
Age-related diseases of the eyes such as cataracts and macular degeneration triggers impaired vision and even blindness among the elderly. Although ageing is a natural process that can’t be stopped, certain changes in the lifestyles like introduction of healthy foods and good nutrition can actually reduce or even stop these eye anomalies from ever occurring.
Besides healthy diet, avoiding prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light and intense energy blue light emitted from digital devices, quitting smoke are other ways to protect the eyes. Your ophthalmologist in Dubai would dilate the eyes to carefully examine overall health of the eyes and vision-related anomalies. Early diagnosis and treatment are the best preventive measures!
Healthy eyes, diet & antioxidants
Diet plays an important role in daily lifestyle choices we take as well as contribute to overall health including eyes. Foods that are high in fat and sugar increases the risk of various eye related diseases but eating greens and fruits is good for prevention against many different health anomalies.
Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) occurs less amongst individuals having a diet routine rich in minerals, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and lutein. Dark green and bright shaded fruits, vegetables contain antioxidants in higher percentage which contributes to healthy eyes, reduces damage associated with oxidising agents; primary cause of eye diseases.
Plant pigments (carotenoids) namely lutein and zeaxanthin are known to prevent against oxidative changes to the retina caused by ultraviolet light.Kale and spinach are rich in both zeaxanthin and lutein while these carotenoids are also found in broccoli, peas and sweet corn. Vegetables like carrots and squash alongside many others that are yellow and orange shaded contains Vitamin A which is essential to healthy vision.
Expert advice on diet & eye health
- Sugar and white flour (refined) found in certain cereals and breads increases the risk of age-related eye anomalies. Go for 100% whole-grain cereals and breads that are rich in fibre, which slows the digestion, absorption of starches and sugars. Fibre also keeps you full which means you’ll eventually reduce the amount of calorie consumption.
- Healthy fats are good that can be obtained from omega-3 rich diets such as fish, flaxseed oil, canola oil and walnuts offer prevention against dry eyes and cataracts to a certain limit. Eating seafood twice a week or daily intake of flaxseed oil completes the healthy fat requirement.
- Fat content found in meats and the cooking strategy contributes to either good or bad health overall. That being said, limit consumption of saturated fats found in red meat and dairy products that significantly increases the risk of macular degeneration.
- Higher intake of sodium also develops cataract which means use less salt and also pay attention to the sodium content, labelled clearly on canned and packaged food products.
- A hydrated body is for good health. Low-fat dairy products like skimmed milk, healthy beverages such as vegetable and fresh-fruit juices, decaffeinated herbal teas and plain water. Proper hydration also prevents dry eye irritation!
Schedule a visit with your ophthalmologist in Dubai for a detailed eye exam and follow the details above.
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