Over half of Brits (55%) place little importance on foods that affect their eyesight, increasing to nearly two thirds when it comes to 18 -34 year olds.
‘Having bad nutrition’ was the second most popular answer when asked about what actions strongly affect eyesight, behind only ‘working with a computer’.
Therefore, awareness of a connection between food and eyesight is quite high but knowledge of what these foods might be and how they help vision is alarming low.
Many of us fail to preserve healthy sight simply by not eating enough of the right foods. ‘Overlooking’ foods rich in vital vitamins and antioxidants can lead to an increased risk of developing macular degeneration, cataracts and a reduction in good vision.
Fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots, oranges, mangos, blueberries and dark leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli are essential while fresh fish, eggs, nuts and whole-grains should also be staple items in our diet.
A healthy diet can help protect your eyes from the inside but it’s important that eyes are protected from the outside as well – 93% of Brits are also unaware that extended exposure to UV light can cause lasting damage to their eyes.
This can easily be done by wearing UV protective lenses when outdoors. Specs wearers can protect their eyes on a daily basis by wearing variable tint lenses like Transitions® lenses which are clear indoors but automatically adjust to changing light outdoors and block out 100% UV rays. Transitions lenses offer a convenient option by preventing juggling between sunnies and specs when moving from indoors to out and can be fitted into any designer frame, making them perfect for everyday wear.
So alongside the correct lenses – a well-balanced and nutritious diet can help to maintain healthy vision. There’s no excuse for turning a blind eye to the facts anymore, it’s just as your mother said; always eat your fruit and vegetables!
Vitamins and the foods that help protect our eyes:
Vitamin A - Carrots, melons, peaches, tomatoes, plums, red grapes Contain antioxidant beta carotene – maintains, strong healthy eyes by aiding the transmission of light signals in the retinal cells. Vitamin A also helps preserve good night vision.
Vitamin C - Kiwis, oranges, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts A key antioxidant that eliminates free radicals that can cause eye damage.
Vitamin E - Nuts, soya, olive oil, corn Fights free radicals and may help reduce the risk of cataracts.
Vitamin B + B6 - Turkey, whole grains, avocado Deficiency in complex B vitamins can increase your risk of cataracts and retinopathy.
Omega-3 fats - Salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel Help protect the tiny blood vessels buried within the eye, and provide structural support to the cell membranes in the eye, making them very important for good eyesight and help prevent macular degeneration.
Lutein - Eggs, dark leafy vegetables, papayas Helps reduce damage to the macula caused by sunlight and free radicals.
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Notes to editors:
Transitions Lens are photochromic lenses that protect against UV light and help preserve the long-term health and well being of your eyes.
www.transitions.com or visit your local Optometrist.
Healthy Sight Research study carried out on behalf of Transitions Optical by IPSOS Health (survey base of 1001) in April 2008.
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