The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that “a healthy diet helps protect us from malnutrition in all its forms, as well as noncommunicable diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.”
Along the same lines, it should be noted that a balanced diet also helps maintain healthy eyesight. In its health section, the web portal Sports world highlights the benefits of foods with vitamin C for eye health. This vitamin is an antioxidant that positively contributes to maintaining healthy eyesight.
“It helps reduce the risk of suffering from eye diseases such as cataracts and its lack would cause progressive macular degeneration,” details the web portal.
Foods that stand out for being rich in this vitamin include:
- the papaya
- The Kiwi.
- The Orange.
- The handle.
- the melon
- Red and green pepper.
How to take care of the eyes?
A healthy diet is key to maintaining healthy eyes and the body in general. In addition, it is important to avoid conditions or diseases that can damage this sense, such as diabetes.
“Following a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, and kale, is also important for keeping your eyes healthy.1 Research has also shown there are health benefits to eyes by eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, and halibut,” explains the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
It is important to protect the eyes, not only from the sun’s rays and other chemical substances, but also from external elements. This recommendation is special for those people who work in trades in which foreign things can constantly enter the eyes, as in the case of construction workers.
“Eye protection equipment includes safety glasses and goggles, face shields and eye protectors specially designed to provide adequate protection for each activity. Most of theEye protection lenses are made from polycarbonate which is 10 times stronger than other plastics.”, indicate the NIH.
Another advice provided by these institutes is to leave behind bad habits, such as smoking. In addition to being one of the main risk factors for lung cancer, it can also negatively affect the eyes. This practice increases the risk of suffering conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts or damage to the optic nerve.
People with cataracts have cloudy vision, as if looking through a foggy window. Cloudy lenses make it more difficult to read, drive a car, or even see someone’s expressions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to clinical practice, education and research, cataracts usually develop gradually and do not mean a visual problem when they start. However, over time, vision worsens and makes it difficult to carry out daily activities such as driving a vehicle, reading a sign at a bus stop or looking at a cell phone screen.
In the words of the Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms that include cataracts are:
- Cloudy, blurry, or dim vision.
- Increased difficulty with vision at night.
- Sensitivity to light and glare.
- Need for brighter light for reading and other activities.
- See halos around lights.
- Frequent changes in prescription glasses or contact lenses.
- Fading or yellowing of colors.
- Double vision in one eye.