7 New Ways to Keep Your Vision Sharp

By , Alyssa Shaffer, Woman's Day
The best and newest ways to safeguard your eyesight have nothing to do with what Bugs Bunny eats. See what vision-friendly foods to include on your menu, what kinds of specs to consider and more.

The nutritionist says...Eat for good eyesight

New research shows that it's crucial to include enough of the following nutrients in your diet:
  • Vitamin C This antioxidant helps protect your eyes against UV-ray damage. Have at least 200 mg daily by eating C-rich fruits and vegetables including broccoli (81 mg per cup), strawberries (84 mg per cup) and any citrus fruits. One medium orange has 98 mg of vitamin C (168% of your daily needs).
  • Omega-3 fatty acids Studies show that omega-3s—especially the type in salmon and tuna—can help lower your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Add them to your menu twice a week or try a fish oil supplement that contains 220 mg of DHA, the omega-3 that has the biggest impact on vision.

The ophthalmologist says...Wear sunglasses year-round

Over time, sun exposure can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. If you wear contact lenses, consider ones that have built-in UV protection (in addition to sunglasses). And remember, a darker or more expensive pair isn't always better—what matters is that the lenses offer 99% UVA and UVB protection.

MONICA L. MONICA, MD, spokesperson, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Click here for tips on how to improve your eyesight from Woman's Day.

More from Woman's Day:What are you doing to protect your eyes? 

Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
See more: woman's day


SJMILLS 4/6/2018
The article shared above is informative. As eyes are one of the important parts of our body. So, It is important to take care of our eyes. This can be done by eating fresh vegetables and one of the best solution is to wear wholesale sunglasses. By wearing wholesale reading glasses, our eyes will be protected from harmful UV rays. The suppliers of wholesale sunglasses like Oakley, https://citysunglass.com, etc are available on the Internet that are selling sunglasses in bulk. Report
Interesting article, but I'm still trying to figure out how this works:
"Have at least 200 mg daily[...] One medium orange has 98 mg of vitamin C (168% of your daily needs)."
Something's not adding up right there... Report
What happened to the "return to article" button? Report
Sunglasses are always great. I've been wearing them ever since I was 25, got so used to it because I lived in an area with frequent sand storms. Now I just wear them all the time out of habit. Report
Good info.
On a side note, I would love to have the long eyelashes the woman in the picture has. Report
I only wear sunglasses in the dessert. It seems the only time it bothers my eyes. Guess I'll have to try wearing them more often. Report
My contacts say they have UV protection....They always have had it I think. Report
OK..my vision must already be gone, gone, gone...as I only count 4 things in the article: Vit C, DHA, Contacts and Sunglasses info ?! Do I really have to link through to Women's Day for the rest of the info?! ((Also noticed when I went to get my Spark Points...there was no "Return to Article" button anymore! Bummer!!)) Report
I've never heard of contact lenses with built in UV protection but will ask my ophthalmologist about them. Report
I have been wearing my sunglasses year round, glad I have. good tips. Report
Close email sign up
Our best articles, delivered Join the millions of people already subscribed Get a weekly summary of our diet and fitness advice We will never sell, rent or redistribute your email address.

Magic Link Sent!

A magic link was sent to Click on that link to login. The link is only good for 24 hours.