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Include vitamin-rich food in your diet, keep eye disease at bay

Rising pollution, increase in screen time may affect vision at an early age.

Include vitamin-rich food in your diet, keep eye disease at bay

These days, people are glued to either their mobile or computer screens. This may affect their vision at an early age. The rising pollution in our city has added to the problem. 

Dust particles that settle at the lowest layer of atmosphere pose a threat to eyes, which are the most delicate and vulnerable part of human body. Many people are suffering from conditions like short and farsightedness, glaucoma and cataract. 

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first report on vision, more than one billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the required care for these conditions. The report found that ageing populations, changing lifestyles and limited access to eye care, particularly in low and middle-income countries, are the major reasons for increasing number of people living with vision impairment. 

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Following are the symptoms of eye problem

  1. Blurry and unclear vision
  2. Pain, swelling, itchiness in and around the eyes
  3. Redness and inflammation
  4. Seeing small spots and floaters

The main reasons for these problems are:

  1. High pollution levels leading to accumulation of dirt in the eyes
  2. Irritation caused by using too many cosmetic products on or around the eyes
  3. Prolonged use of technology that leads to dry or excessively watery eyes

Following are the food items that will keep eye problems at bay:

  1. Amla or Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Its consumption helps prevent eye problem. Vitamin C helps in promoting healthy capillaries and maintaining appropriate functioning of retinal cells, which helps improve eyesight. 
  2. Oranges and other citrus food which are rich in vitamin C can also prevent eye problem. 
  3. Omega-3 fatty acid food like fish, especially salmon, can help in maintaining a healthy retina and prevent dry eyes.
  4. For good eye health, one can consume egg yolk which contains vitamin A, lutein, zeaxanthin and zinc.
  5. Just like egg yolk, carrots too contain vitamin A and can also help prevent eye infections and other eye conditions like dry eyes.