We've got a pretty serious problem here in the U.S. when it comes to our eyes.
Estimates suggest that 21 million Americans have some sort of functional vision problem or eye condition, and vision loss is among the top 10 disabilities in adults in the U.S.
While some problems are more serious and not preventable, there are things that can be done to promote good, general eye health, and eating well is one of them. Studies have suggested that getting a high dose of nutrients like lutein, Omega 3 fatty acids and lycopene can help lower your risk of developing macular degeneration by up to 25 percent. And experts say the potential benefits don't stop there.
"Eating well affects the entire body," said Judy Caplan, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "The same foods that have a preventive effect on the eyes will also positively affect other body systems. Everything works synergistically."
Here are six of the best foods for promoting eye health. Any favorites we forgot? Let us know!