September is “Fruit & Veggies-More Matters” Month. It’s easy to tell children that they must eat all their fruits and vegetables so they can grow up big and strong, but even as adults it is important to keep a healthy, green-influenced diet. Certain fruits and vegetables help prevent common aging-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Millions of people over the age of 40 suffer from cataracts, which is a gradual clouding of the eye's lens, or macular degeneration, which is damage to the macula, the center of the retina.
Eye tissue can be damaged by exposure to sunlight, cigarette smoke, and air pollution. Eating dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, and other fruits and veggies such as corn, squash, kiwi and grapes can help protect delicate eye tissue. These fruits and vegetables have pigments that can accumulate in the eye and help protect the sensitive tissue from potential diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eating healthy is only part of overall good health. It is also important to make sure to schedule a routine eye exam for adults and children because some health issues can be detected in the eye before they are symptomatic in the rest of the body.
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Source - Harvard School of Public Health: The Nutrition Source