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With summer almost officially here, perhaps you’ve already planted edible flowers in your garden or begun eating healthy berries by the handful or added a pitcher of antioxidant-rich green tea to the fridge.
But as you slide on your sunglasses to block out the afternoon sun, have you considered your eye health?
If not, you are probably not alone. There is good news, however. A recent study in the journal The Archives of Ophthalmology has found that fewer older Americans are developing macular degeneration, which is a major cause of vision loss in older people. Importantly, the study suggests that a healthy diet could be one factor responsible for the decrease in the occurrence of this vision disorder.
Looking at the connection between eye health and diet, AARP explores how antioxidants and nutrients—including omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and vitamins C and E—play a role in defending against macular degeneration as well as glaucoma and cataracts.
Here is AARP’s list of foods that could be beneficial to eye health:
Why not include these foods in some tasty, refreshing summer dishes, like a spinach salad with avocado and strawberry dressing?
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