AVOID BAD FOOD HABITS
It’s common knowledge that a healthy, well-balanced diet is good for the entire body, but did you know that the opposite — a bad diet — can adversely affect your vision? The quality of the food, how it’s prepared and the quantity in which you eat it may put you at higher risk for eye conditions. That’s why the team of King LASIK has put together the following list of foods to limit in your diet.
A diet high in processed meats that are high in saturated fat, including red meat and sausage, often lends itself to high cholesterol. The result is that plaque builds up on the macular vessels of the eyes, which inhibits blood flow to the eyes. For this reason, eating a lot of fatty meats may increase the risk of developing macular degeneration, a condition that affects the retina and leads to vision loss.
Snack foods like chips, cookies and candy, when eaten in large and sometimes even moderate amounts, have an adverse effect on your vision. A recent study has shown that the vegetable, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats contained in these foods put those who consume them in immoderate quantities at a higher risk for eye diseases. In addition to these unhealthy fats, the abundance of salt and sugar contained in these foods affect the overall health of the body’s organs and circulatory system, inhibiting blood and oxygen flow to the eyes.
A sugar-laden diet is one of the worst diets for the eyes. Consuming large quantities of sugar regularly raises your blood sugar, in turn leading to swelling in the lens of the eye, and distorting your vision. Lots of sugar in the diet could also lead to a person contracting diabetes, which can ultimately lead to leaky blood vessels in the eyes, eye hemorrhages and even permanent loss of vision.
The heating and re-heating of the oils used to fry foods causes the oil to change its molecular structure, which is bad for the entire body — and the eyes aren’t exempt. Fried foods are stripped of nutrients and cause free radicals in the body that damage eye cells. Not only that, but eating fried foods weakens the heart and impairs blood circulation, both of which affect the blood supply to the eyes, and therefore can lead to deteriorating vision.
Foods for Good Eye Health
Now that you know what foods to avoid in large quantity, here is a list of foods that may assist in preventing eye diseases:
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Citrus fruits and berries
- Salmon and other fish rich in DHA (omega-3 fatty acid)
- Sweet potatoes
- Wheat germ