Obesity may be associated with major eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
Weight-related factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and lack of exercise are apparently what set these problems in motion.
Eating fruits and vegetables can help to prevent these conditions.
Foods with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach are especially helpful.
I had previously talked about the importance of certain nutrients for vision in “Low Fat Diets: The Hidden Dangers.”
Lutein, which is found in egg yolks and spinach, can reduce the risk of macular degeneration. This eye disease affects your central vision with symptoms such as blurred vision, straight lines appearing to be crooked, and small blind spots.
Zeaxanthin, which is found in corn and egg yolks, protects your retina from the damaging effects of light. This reduces your risk of developing cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.
Exercise can also help to lower your risk for macular degeneration.
So protecting your vision appears to be another reason to eat right, exercise, and lose weight.