KUSA - Most people think of nutrition as a way to control weight or build heart health, but good nutrition is vital for good vision and eye health as well.
Dietitian Pat Baird came to the 9NEWS studio Sunday morning to share some easy ways to eat well and take care of your eyes.
According to a recent survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, 78% of adults rank vision as the most important of the five senses. However, less than half are aware of important nutrients that play a key role in eye health.
Five of the most significant nutrients are vitamins C and E along with zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3's.
Experts agree that proper sunglasses and other protective lenses for sports and household tasks are essential.
Finally, if you needed one more reason, stop smoking to protect and maintain good eye health!
What Nutrients are You Missing?
• The Ocular Nutrition Society find many people are unaware of the nutrients for good eye health
• Antioxidants, once again, are the great protectors
• Antioxidants protect cells from damage -- that includes eyes
• Fruits, veggies and omega-3-rich foods are essential for eye health
Let's Get Specific:
• Vitamin C in many foods like citrus fruit, berries, tomatoes, and broccoli
• Vitamin E in vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts, and legumes
• Beta-carotene in carrots, pumpkin, kale, spinach
• Lutein and zeaxanthin (cousins of beta-carotene) found in dark green leafy veggies like kale, spinach, broccoli, peas; and Brussels sprouts
• Omega-3-rich foods like salmon, tuna, flax seeds, walnuts and soybeans
• When it comes to eye health most adults may need a supplement
• CDC says smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body
• Smoking is linked to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration
• Smoking damages cataracts and the optic nerve
• All of these can lead to blindness
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