Lookin' Good Eating for Healthy Vision in Chicago | My Mature Matters

About 80 percent of what we perceive through our senses comes from our sight. By taking good care of  your eyes, you can improve your odds against many degenerative eye conditions. Get a complete annual eye exam that includes a glaucoma screening, wear sunglasses, rest your eyes when doing work such as reading and working on the computer, and eat a flavorful, colorful, healthful diet.Work up an appetite with this all-star list of foods for eye health. We’ve even incorporated a few of them into luscious, easy recipes that make the most of flavor and function—nourishing your palate and your vision.

To get you started, we’ve listed seven of the most wholesome foods to help you see the road to eye health clearly.

Eight Is Enough

Berry berry good. Bolstered by scientific evidence, doctors are now recommending berries for eye health. The bilberry, huckleberry, cranberry, and blueberry all have bragging rights when it comes to being super foods. They are rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids (which give the fruit its color), vitamin A, and vitamin C. Vitamin A helps reduce vision problems, such as night blindness and macular degeneration,and antioxidant-rich vitamin C and flavonoids have disease-fighting properties. Antioxidants protect the cells from free radical damage, help prevent capillary leakage, decrease ocular pressure, and relieve painful edema and increase circulation in the blood vessels of the eye, improving peripheral vision. Some nutrients protect the blood vessels, so they can repair themselves. Add two cups of fresh berries, a quarter-cup dried berries, or an eight-ounce glass of berry juice to your diet daily.