Contrary to popular belief, experts know carrots aren’t the best dietary source for better vision — it’s actually leafy greens. The American Optometric Association says it’s because these greens are packed with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. So if you’re at risk of glaucoma, turn to foods like spinach, kale, collard greens, celery, broccoli, lettuce, green peas, and Brussels sprouts, which are packed with the antioxidants.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elevated intraocular pressure and impaired optic nerve blood flow that occur with glaucoma and that causes optic nerve damage which gets progressively worse over time.
  • So while your mother may have said your vision would be better if you “eat your carrots,” the risk of glaucoma can be reduced substantially if you “eat your spinach” or drink beet juice.
  • Early diagnosis of glaucoma helps slow the progression of the disease. So, be sure to see your ophthalmologist every year.

“A large study found that people who ate enough leafy greens had a lower risk of getting primary open-angle glaucoma. A large body of research show the positive impact that good nutrition has on vision health.”

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