Eat Right to Protect Eyesight

By Sarah Toland

The world is a beautiful place to behold. But for 15 million Americans, it can be a dim sight due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that impairs central eyesight in older people. Fortunately, a new study from Tufts University finds that eating foods low on the glycemic index (GI) and rich in nutrients that promote eye health can drastically reduce risk of AMD. Researchers say that a low-GI diet—one that emphasizes low-carb foods with less impact on blood sugar than standard American fare—inherently has more antioxidants and nutrients proven to preserve eyesight. These include vitamins C and E, zinc, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin, as well as lutein, which may also reduce the effects of long-term computer exposure. To protect your peepers, Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, suggests eating foods like spinach, dried apricots, peanut butter, broccoli, red peppers, and egg yolks.