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HHS HealthBeat (November 1, 2013)

Clear eyes

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

It’s pretty clear. Maintaining healthy vision requires you to apply the same principles to your eyes as you do to your heart health and overall health. Maintain a healthy weight and healthy blood pressure, and eat well. Certain foods are more helpful than others.

Dr. Rachel Bishop is an ophthalmologist at the National Institutes of Health:

“Green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach, have nutrients that are very helpful for the eyes. Were learning more about omega-3 fatty acids, and these are very helpful for the eyes.” (9.5)

Have a dilated eye exam, to check for vision problems and any sign of early eye disease. There are other ways to prevent vision problems. Protect your eyes from the sun, and don’t smoke.

“Smoking increases the risk of so many diseases, including problems with the eye such as cataract and macular degeneration, things like this.” (6.5)

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: November 1, 2013