There are many natural, healthy foods, which can actually help enhance your eyesight. Dr. William Boothe, who is considered an outstanding ophthalmologist and Lasik surgeon and resides in Plano, Texas, says that daily consumption of the proper amount of these foods will help people to live healthier life and will reduce the need of wearing eye glasses, contact lenses or eye surgeries. So, here is Dr. Boothe’s shortlist of eye-healthy foods for you.
It is known that carrot is a perfect natural remedy for poor eyesight thanks to its high content of beta-carotene (our organism transforms it into vitamin A), enzymes and minerals. There a few ways to use carrots in your diet: you can eat peeled carrots in their natural state, add them to a salad or to a casserole, or drink fresh squeezed carrot juice. Carrots have a strong curative value and even help to improve night vision.
Another good vegetable for healthy vision that is recommended by Dr. Boothe is spinach. It contains a large amount of lutein, which is related to vitamin A. Studies show that eating more green leafy vegetables may reduce the risk of macular degeneration. You can eat raw spinach leaves by adding them to salads and sandwiches. You can also prepare a yummy side dish by stir frying spinach for a couple of minutes with garlic, white wine and black pepper.
Eating tuna, cod and other cold water fish is also beneficial for your eye health. They are excellent sources of docosahexaenoic acid, which helps to strengthen cell membranes. Dr. Boothe advises cold water fish to people who have problems such as dry eyes and macular degeneration.
Eggs, onions and garlic can also have a good influence on your vision. They are rich in sulphur that is needed for the formation of important antioxidants for the eye lens and eating them often assists in avoiding the formation of cataracts.
Raw fruits such as berries, lemons and apricots are a good source of fiber. Blueberries are a great source of anthocyanins that helps to enhance night eyesight, and can prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
Finally, Dr. William Boothe believes that the best advice for vision improvement is increasing the portion of raw (uncooked) natural foods in your diet. Also, you should not abuse foods and drinks that contain much sugar or caffeine.