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Diet and Health of Your Eyes

By Essilor Canada

For a number of years, fitness and health specialists have been recommending a healthy diet. Did you know that healthy eating is not only beneficial to your general well-being but also to your vision? This summer's beautiful weather is the perfect opportunity to try new recipes or even enhance your favourite dishes with foods that are good for your vision. From vitamins to minerals, fats and other nutrients - here is a list of superfoods that can benefit your eyes -  you'll also find a few things to avoid!

When you think about diet and visual health you'll probably start thinking about vitamins! Animal products such as eggs, milk and cheese are full of vitamin A. At lunchtime, eat an egg sandwich with fresh chives from your garden to enhance the taste. Vitamin A facilitates the functioning of your retina in addition to decreasing the risk of cataracts and premature aging of the eyes. Give your salads a summery boost by adding strawberries and raspberries which are a good source of vitamin C. You can also add some crunch with nuts that contain E. Vitamin C helps prevent the thickening of proteins in the eye's lens that can blur eyesight over time, while Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to prevent age-related ocular diseases.

When your stomach start rumbling it's time to head outisde to the grill! Why not barbeque delicious salmon fillets with a pistachio crust? It's a light, delicious meal filled with omega-3's which are important for your retina. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the risk of ocular diseases.

You might have guessed it, if there are certain foods that are good for your eyes, there are certain foods to avoid. Unhealthy fats found in deli meats and fried foods, as well as saturated fats and processed foods, should be consumed in moderation. They can cause damage to the blood vessels in the tissues of your eyes. Not surprisingly, these foods are also harmful to your overall health. We're not telling you to completely eliminate these foods from your diet - everything in moderation!  

Remember that it is recommended to add these good foods to your regular diet. When it comes to eating fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong. Pay special attention to the amount of sugar and salt you ingest and avoid processed foods, trans-fats and saturated fats.

Healthy eyes start with a healthy diet. To learn more, visit If your have any questions, talk to your eyecare professional or your family doctor.  They will be able to discuss options according to your needs.

Enjoy summer - it's a beautiful season to recharge and refuel!