A feast for your eyes – top foods for healthy eyes

A healthy diet is something many of us strive to achieve. As well as improving your general health, good nutrition also has a direct impact on your eye health. Studies show that by eating fruit, veg, oily fish, eggs and nuts, you can improve the health of your eyes.

Carrots and Sweet Potato: Both contain beta carotene which is transformed into vitamin A in the body and protects the eye from infection.

Spinach: Leafy greens such as spinach & kale, are packed full of vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are said to reduce the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to macular degeneration.

Broccoli: Contains vitamin B12. A lack of vitamin B2 can make the eyes sensitive to light which can cause inflammation, blurred vision and ocular fatigue. Broccoli to prevent this.

Peppers: Are a rich source of vitamins A, C and B6, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene and beta-carotene. All of which are essential for maintaining the overall health of the eyes.

Avocado: They contains lutein, beta-carotene plus vitamins C, B6 and E. These are essential to protect eyes from oxidative stress damage.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in salmon, eggs and nuts such as almonds and walnuts, help to keep the eyes from drying out and the retina free from damage. Nuts also contain antioxidants, zinc and vitamin E which work to combat inflammation.

Blueberries: Finally, with their antioxidant properties, blueberries strengthen blood vessels in the back of the eye which also works to keep them free from inflammation-related diseases.