3 Ways to Get Healthier Eyes

Look sharp! A few quick additions to your weekly routine will help you see clearly, now and for years to come.

food for healthy eyes

EAT THIS: FATTY FISH

Varieties such as salmon and tuna are rich in DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid also found in your retinas; low levels have been linked to dry-eye syndrome. Note, too: Just one serving per week might reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration, a condition in which neurons in the central part of the retina deteriorate.

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DRINK THIS: GREEN SMOOTHIES

Go on a blender bender! Berries and citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, which has been shown to lower your chances for macular degeneration and cataracts (when lenses get cloudy). And add some leafy greens to the mix. They pack zeaxanthin and lutein—antioxidants that might help prevent those eye issues.

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DO THIS: BREAK A SWEAT

And do it often. Mice that exercised regularly in a study had reduced risk for macular degeneration compared with those that didn't. Plus, runners who logged more than 2.4 miles per day had a 42 percent to 54 percent decrease in risk compared with folks who ran fewer than 1.2 miles a day, other research showed.

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Source: Anne Sumers, MD, ophthalmologist and clinical spokeswoman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology