Can what I eat affect my eyesight?

Regular exercise and a balanced diet are important for general wellbeing and protecting against many health conditions. Diet is thought to be important because certain nutrients protect the body against substances called 'oxidants'. Many of the vitamins and minerals found in a healthy diet are called antioxidants.

Most research has focused on vitamins A, C and E. These are thought to maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. They are found in many fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, tomatoes and in green leafy vegetables. They can also be found in nuts, seeds, dairy products and other food types.

Further information on diet and healthy eating can be found on the Macular Society diet and exercise web page, you can also contact them on 0300 30 30 111.

For information on supplements see Can you recommend vitamin supplements?

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