Good food for good eyes
Dark green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, turnip and mustard greens)
Best source of lutein and zeaxanthin which are especially important in preventing macular degeneration in older people. The dark green color "disguises" beta-carotene.
Contains high levels of lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C.
Carrots and yams
Also pumpkins, squash, orange-yellow-red bell peppers. Rich in eye-healthy antioxidants and very high in beta-carotene, the pigment in bright orange fruits and vegetables and a precursor of vitamin A. Vitamin A is critical to normal vision and plays a major role in preventing night blindness and maintaining a healthy cornea.
Gouqi (wolfberry), jue ming zi (semen cassiae torae) and green tea
Orange-colored fruits (oranges, papaya, mangos, melon, peaches, persimmons)
Rich in vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Flax seeds and flax oil
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids (also oily, deep-sea fish like salmon) thought to ease effects of dry eye syndrome.
Garlic, sunflower seeds, nuts, black walnuts, oatmeal and brown rice
Contain selenium, a mineral that helps absorb antioxidants and prevent eye problems.
Garbanzo beans, kidney beans, oatmeal and whole wheat bread
Contain zinc, an important mineral that works with antioxidants to promote overall eye health.
Wheat germ, soy and safflower oil
Rich in vitamin E, as are pistachios, peanuts and particularly almonds.
Note: Sugary desserts, sodas, drinks and fried foods should be eaten in moderation. They are high in acid, which can contribute to eyeball malfunction.