Did you know that about 21 million Americans suffer from some sort of vision loss or impairment? And, did you also know that your diet can actually help influence how you see? Yes, you might want to grab for a Butterfinger or some potato chips when your stomach starts to growl mid-day. However, lacking any nutritional substance, these snacks won’t do your body any good— especially your eyesight. In order to help enhance your vision and stay healthy, try adding the following snacks to your diet. Give it a try— they won’t disappoint.
1.Carrots and Dip
Munching on carrots is not only great for your teeth but they are also great for your eye health. Plus, mixed with a little bit of vegetable or ranch dip, carrots make a tasty treat as well. Filled with vitamin A, carrots work to protect your cornea and the overall health of your eye— making your vision last longer and stay stronger.
2. Hardboiled Eggs
High in protein and healthy fats, hardboiled eggs will give your body that lean bit of protein boost it needs during the mid-day. Additionally, packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and lutein, hardboiled eggs will help to reduce your development of age related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. In order to make eating hard boiled eggs an easy snack to take with you, simply boil a dozen eggs at the beginning of the week and place them in individual containers that you can easily slip into your bag or purse everyday.
3. Fresh and Dried Apricots
Whether you prefer fresh apricots or dried ones, this yellow/orange fruit is filled with the same beta-carotene that is found in carrots. Once it is digested by your body, beta-carotene is then converted into Vitamin A which is scientifically proven to help shield your eyes from developing eye diseases like macular degeneration.
Skip the cookies and other vending machine snacks and instead replace them with eye healthy snacks like carrots, hardboiled eggs, and apricots. If you would like to learn more easy tips on how you can protect your eyes, contact Vitreo Retinal Surgery to schedule an appointment today!