Eat to Protect Your Eyes
I just watched this very interesting video on foods that increase/decrease risk of Macular Degeneration (MD). You might be asking WTF is MD and why do I care? Good question. MD is a condition in which part of the retina in the eye slowly deteriorates. It is a chronic and progressive condition that results in blindness or partial blindness. My in-laws’ neighbor has it; it’s horrible.
Recommendations:– Don’t Smoke– Fish 3x per week– 1 cup of spinach per day (or other green leafy veggies)– 1 handful of nuts per week– Vegetable oils hurt the eyes– High glycemic index foods hurt your eyes.– If you get these things in your diet, supplements add NO additional benefit– Fish oil supplements do not have any effect in the eye for preventing macular degeneration, you have to actually eat the fish, not just the oil.
Very interestingly, this physician does acknowledge that (1) blue light is harmful to the macula, and (2) blue light causes the eye lens to darken and turn yellow, which is what a cataract is(when the lens gets so dark that enough light to see cannot get through).