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Fiona Hunter

Celebrity nutritionist and author, Fiona Hunter, has teamed up with the College of Optometrists to launch the ‘Eat Right for Your Eye Sight’ campaign to raise awareness of the role a healthy, balanced diet may play in safeguarding eye health. 
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Fiona says: “We often underestimate the impact that our diet can have on our health and our eyes are no different to the rest of the body. You don’t need to radically change your diet to eat your way to healthier eyes, but simply ensure you are eating a healthy balanced diet rich in dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, omega 3-rich oily fish and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day, but the average Briton is consuming just three.”

Fiona Hunter’s top foods for good eye health:

  • Leafy greens such as kale and spinach and collard greens are packed full of lutein.  Lutein is thought to play a major role in the health of the eye by helping to prevent damage to the macula, the central point of the retina needed for close work like reading and driving. Some studies have shown that lutein can help prevent the development of AMD.
  • Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, orange sweet peppers, tangerines and oranges are rich in zeaxanthin, which is thought to prevent damage to the macula and help prevent the development of AMD.
    Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are thought to help decrease the risk of developing AMD and may slow down the progression of this condition.
  • Broccoli truly is a super food, it is rich in vitamins A and C and lutein, thought to help keep our eyes healthy
  • Carrots have always been linked to the eyes and while they may not necessary help you to see better in the dark, they are high in Vitamin A which is important for eye health
  • Eggs are another good source of Omega-3 which may help to protect against oxidative damage to the eye and thus help towards preventing AMD. Egg yolks also contain zeaxanthin, one of the key nutrients thought to benefit the eyes.

Delicious, easy to cook recipes rich in foods that are good for your eye health have been specially created for the College of Optometrists by Fiona Hunter. Please visit www.college-optometrists.org for more information.


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