Ask the Optician – How does my diet affect my eyes?

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Q. How can my diet help my eyes?

A. Research conducted by America’s National Institutes of Health found that a type of antioxidant known as carotenoids may protect against macular degeneration and revealed that people eating the highest amounts of carotenoids have a 43% lower risk of developing macular degeneration. Studies have also shown that people with higher than average intakes of antioxidants – beta-carotene, lutein and vitamins C and E – also appear to have a reduced risk of developing cataracts.

Q. What are the best foods to eat for my eyes?

A. Carrots – It’s true that these can help you see in the dark as they are high in beta-carotene, which the body can convert to vitamin A and lead to better night-vision.

Dark green leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene and vitamin C which can help slow cataract progression.

Peppers contain lutein that scientists believe protects the sensitive retina from light-induced oxidation damage and may be responsible for reversing macular degeneration in very early stages.

Sardines and nuts contain Zinc and vitamin E. Zinc is beneficial for wound healing and maintaining the immune system. Studies suggest that vitamin E can protect against cataracts.

Specsavers Opticas is located in Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. To find your nearest store and book an eye test visit www.specsavers.es.

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