Beyond Carrots – Foods That Help Promote Healthy Vision

It’s common knowledge that a nutrient-rich, clean diet heavy on fruits, fiber, vegetables, and “good” fats is essential for overall health and well-being. The benefits of carrots for healthy vision are as universally known as the old “an apple a day” mantra, but in addition to the vitamin A found in carrots, which is also essential for healthy vision, there are other foods containing a variety of vitamins and minerals that play an important role in keeping the eyes healthy.

Carlsbad Ophthalmologist

Expert Carlsbad ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Tracy of Carlsbad Eye Care encourages his many patients to incorporate a healthy diet, along with an annual eye exam, to maintain overall visual health and acuity.

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The following list of foods are an excellent source of the most important nutrients for healthy eyesight and overall health as well. As an added bonus, it just so happens that most of them taste really good too!

Kale and spinach

Whether in a salad or a tasty pasta dish, kale and spinach are packed with lutein, which can help protect the eyes from age related diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Greens not your thing? You can get the same nutrients from oranges and eggs.


Along with orange juice, certain veggies like green and red peppers and broccoli are packed with Vitamin C, which also helps to protect from cataracts and macular degeneration.


Sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and almonds are packed with Vitamin E, which protects the cells in the eyes from free radicals and age related illnesses.


Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies and tuna are packed with omega fatty acids that contribute to retinal health, visual development, and can even help with dry eye.

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