LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 is working for you this morning, helping you protect your vision. Doctors suggest incorporating these strategies into your everyday routine to maintain your eyes' health from Real Simple.
Eat Dark, Leafy Greens - Spinach, kale, collard greens, and other deep-colored vegetables contain carotenoids that have been associated with reducing the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Try to eat two servings a day.
Eat anti-oxidants - Foods like berries, oranges, plums, and cherries help minimize free-radical damage and can quicken the hardening of lenses and contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration. Two servings a day is the best way to go.
Get Your Omega-3's - They're found in salmon, halibut, and tuna and can help maintain the eyes' protective tear film, minimize dry eyes, and even prevent cataracts. Eat two to three servings a week, or consider taking a fish-oil supplement every day.
Crunch on Carrots - These crisp vegetables, as well as other orange offerings, like pumpkin and butternut squash, contain beta-carotene that may help keep eyes healthy.
Swear by Sunglasses - U-V light is a major player in the hardening of the lenses and the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. So, it's important to wear sunglasses with dark lenses that filter out 100 percent of U-V rays whenever you're outside.
(Source: Real Simple)