Is sugar and spice all that nice or helpful for your eyesight? Perhaps not. Excess sugar consumption as we well know is definitely not good, and if it leads to diabetic retinopathy it can have quite a profound impact on your vision.  

Another potentially devastating eye condition that has been studied in relation to nutritional input is macula degeneration.  

But there are certain foods that have been researched and proven to be beneficial for your eyes, both for specific eye conditions and eye health in general.  The last several years have seen a large increase in global research into the positive benefits that eating well can have on your eyesight.  

So, what should we be eating to help our eyes?  Vitamins A, C and E are well-known to be in the good category and the following is not an exhaustive list but will you give you some ideas on what foods are generally considered to be good for your eye health.  

Green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, fruits such as blueberries, tomatoes and oranges, zinc sources such as lean meats, cereals and beans are considered good.  Omega-3 rich sources including salmon, tuna and flaxseed oil are also good.  Dry eye, particularly the evaporative-type (mainly caused by blocked glands in the eyelids), is a common eye condition that could potentially improve from a change in diet toward more Omega-3 rich foods.   

There is a huge array of information available on the internet on the topic of eye health and diet.  Of course, not all sources are reputable and a lot of supplements claiming to be helpful may just be a waste of your time and money.  Before handing over your hard-earned money or embarking on some dietary fad that claims to give you eyesight like superman always consult a professional first.  Your optometrist, dietitian, or medical practitioner should be able to advise you on food and eye health or at least point you in the right direction.  


Andrew Christiansen is the owner and an optometrist at The Optical Superstore Bundaberg.