The Connection Between Nutrition and Sight
I came across this article online in the UK Daily News recently and thought it would make a great blog post. At Envision Optical we are continually reminding our patients about healthy eating, as well as posting nutrition advice and recipes once a week. This article however got me thinking how many Australian’s know the connection between nutrition and eyesight? A new survey conducted in the UK reveals 60% of respondents didn’t know their diet affects their sight, with one in five incorrectly believing what they eat has no bearing at all on the health of their eyes.
Professor Christine Purslow, from the University of Plymouth was quoted in the article stating – ‘It is always a worry that while so many people consider sight so important so few of us take effective practical steps to help maintain eye health…. In my experience it is very rare that people are fully aware, or understand, just how much things like eye colour, family history, smoking and diet can have a real impact on their eye health. It is imperative, in the world we live in today, for people to start thinking about their eye health and what we can do to prevent the onset of these conditions and ensure these important organs stay at optimal health for as long as possible.’
Furthermore Optometrists fear an increase in convenience and processed foods will play a pivotal role in the deterioration of the nation’s sight over the next five to 10 years. The poll also revealed 75 per cent of respondents had never heard of some of the key nutrients, essential for good eye health – including lutein, zeaxanthin or resveratrol.
Leading dietitian Helen Bond told Mail Online that eating a healthy balanced diet plays a vital role for overall health.
She said: ‘Eating a varied, well-balanced diet incorporating foods from the four main food groups should provide all of the nutrition the body needs. The profile of what we eat has changed drastically over the last 100 years with innovation in food production processes.
Prevalence of degenerative eye diseases including cataract and age-related macular degeneration is rising. Helen recommends the following vital vitamins and minerals to include in your diet to protect your eyesight Antioxidants, omega 3, carotenoids and reservatrol are vital to help preserve eyesight and are typically found in foods including passion fruit, cheese and milk, salmon, kale and spinach, red wine and peanuts.
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