4 Facts you need to know about your eyes as you age

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2. Diet is a key factor in helping to look after your eyes.

No, we don’t mean just eating lots of carrots!

To help reduce the risk of developing an eye condition, Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) recommends that we adopt the following simple practices as a normal part of our diets:

  • Limit the intake of fats and oils
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
  • Eat fish two to three times a week
  • Choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
  • Eat a handful of nuts a week.

Now, what about carrots? It turns out they’re not the number one food for eye health, despite what we’re told as kids.

MDFA notes that while carrots are a good source of vitamin A, which is important for general health, you should choose dark leafy greens as your main eye health vegetable.

For recipes that are tailored to improving your eye health, check out their free Eat For Your Eyes electronic cookbook on their website.