Growing evidence suggests that improving your diet can improve eye health. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for seniors in the United States, and research has shown a connection between AMD and diets high in saturated fat. To preserve your vision as long as possible, cut back on saturated fats and add the fresh foods listed below to your diet.
• Carrots: It’s true! Carrots are chock-full of vitamin A, a nutrient needed for eyesight.
• Kiwi: The fuzzy-skinned fruits are high in lutein, an antioxidant that may decrease the risk of AMD.
• Kale: Along with the leafy green's many other health benefits, kale contains lutein as well as zeaxanthin, which has also been linked to lowering the risk of AMD.
• Fatty fish: Eating fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or mackerel two to three times per week may slow the progression of AMD, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
• Nuts: Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids similar to fish, as well as copper, which may also help prevent AMD. Try a handful of nuts as a mid-day snack.