GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Eyesight is something we may take for granted until it starts to fail. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious foods we can eat to keep our eyesight sharp as we age and help prevent serious vision problems, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Kara Carper, Licensed Nutritionist with Nutritional Weight and Wellness, joined KARE 11 News @4 to explain what foods can help to prevent eye disease.
Carper says leafy greens such as spinach are loaded with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Antioxidants protect against eye damage and lower the risk of age-related eye disease such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment for people over the age of 50. 3 million people have cataract surgery each year.
The yolk in eggs is a prime source of lutein, and also DHA, an Omega 3 fatty acid identical to the fat found in the retina.
Carper also said berries are high in Vitamin C and almonds are high in Vitamin E. Vitamins C and E work together to keep the tissues in the eyes strong.
Tomatoes are packed with several antioxidants for eye health, including lycopene and Vitamins A and C.
The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon protect your vision by reducing inflammation.
Another helpful antioxidant is Alpha-lipoic acid, which helps "recharge" other antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.
For more information on eye health, head to Nutritional Weight and Wellness