Remember when your mother tried to get you to eat carrots as a child, with the promise that they’d give you night vision? She may have not been too far from the truth. New research suggests that eating certain foods can definitely improve your eyesight and reverse optical ageing as well as other conditions, like macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration accounts for nearly half of all blindness and other sight conditions in the UK. Over time, the cells of the macula, located in the centre of the retina, will become damaged, causing a decrease in the ability to identify certain colours or focus while reading.
Fortunately, there are ways of combating the onset of macular degeneration, and it involves going back to your mother’s old advice – eat your greens and carrots!
Recent studies have shown that eyes with higher lutein content are up to 80 per cent less likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration. Lutein is a nutrient that protects your eyes by forming pigments in the macular region.
The more of these pigments you have, the less likely you are to suffer from macular degeneration.
Vegetables that are rich in lutein include leafy greens like spinach, broccoli and kale. Your body doesn’t generate lutein naturally, so it’s important that you get it from vegetables. Alternatively, you can take vitamin supplements too.
Back to the carrots!
Your parents’ advice was pretty much spot-on. Carrots are rich in the aptly named nutrient, carotene, which is processed into Vitamin A by your liver. Vitamin A protects your vision by absorbing the light energy that enters your eye.
With more of this vitamin, you’ll be able to absorb more energy, meaning you’ll be able to see more effectively in the dark. Apart from sourcing the nutrient from carrots, you can also consume mangoes, cabbage, cod liver oil, milk and eggs.
A seemingly unlikely source of nutrients that help with vision enhancement are blueberries, which are chock-full of a group of compounds called anthocyanosides. These help the part of the retinawhich helps you to see in the dark.
However, you’ll have to eat quite a lot of blueberries to benefit from this. Anthocyanosides are also available in capsules and supplements.
A well-balanced diet
If you have a well-balanced, disciplined diet, you won’t really have anything to worry about. By keeping a healthy weight, you’ll reduce the risk of Type-2 Diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of blindness. If you have bad eyesight for other reasons however, then it could well be worth looking into getting laser eye surgery from a reputable firm like Optimax.