Good Eye Health: Look to Fruits and Vegetables!

Good Eye Health: Look to Fruits and Vegetables!

by Dr. Marli Botha

The use of online devices such as phones and laptops has gone up by almost 75% during the pandemic in both children and adults due to online classes and work from home, according to Dr G.V. Divakar, Managing Director, Divakar’s Speciality Hospital, and Asian Research & Training Institute. Even those who are not working are spending much longer hours watching movies, scrolling through social media, and generally staring at screens for hours on end…

3 Facts for good eye health:

  1. Eating a diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help not only your heart but also your eyes. Your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients, just as the heart relies on much larger arteries. Keeping those arteries healthy will help your eyes.
  2. People often believe that failing eyesight is an inevitable result of aging or eye strain. In truth, a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of eye health problems. Eating a varied diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins is enough to ensure most people get the right nutrients for eye health. People who cannot get these nutrients from their diet should ask an eye doctor about eye health supplements.
  3. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness. People with diabetes should carefully monitor blood sugar levels, take medications exactly as prescribed by their doctor, and manage carbohydrate intake while focusing on eating low-moderate glycaemic index (GI) foods.

It is important to mention that no food is meant to be a cure-all for any condition, though there are certainly health and skin benefits contained within them. The one thing you should always do before using a new skin care product is to do a patch test to look for allergies and sensitivities.

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