March is “Save Your Vision Month,” a campaign promoted by the American Optometric Association that focuses on maintaining healthy vision and eyesight. Among its tips for vision protection are a 20-second eye break for every 20 minutes spent reading or looking at a computer or electronic device.
“I usually recommend patients to eat healthy, and have diets high in green leafy vegetables, fish and fruits,” said Dr. Arshad Khanani, a Northern Nevada Medical Center staff ophthalmologist at Sierra Eye Associates and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. “Smoking can also have a damaging effect on the eye so I recommend patients to stop smoking. Vegetables and fruits have high amounts of antioxidants and carotenoids that may help keep the eyes healthy.”
Eating well is a sentiment echoed by Elise Compston, a registered dietitian with Saint Mary’s Fitness Center. She said the best nutritional strategy for good eye health is consuming a well-balanced diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and healthy fats like those found in salmon and walnuts.
“Omega-3 rich foods like salmon, herring, walnuts and flaxseeds have also been shown to protect the eyes from dryness and aid in the prevention of macular degeneration,” ...