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

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