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Health Alert: Protecting your eyes in summertime

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 04:21 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report from Cornell Medical College released the latest on eating for your eyes.

When it comes to eyes in the summer time, wearing sunglasses can help protect your vision.

In addition to protecting the eyes from the elements with your sunglasses, people should do a couple of other things when it comes to vision protection.  Those have to do with diet.  Researchers said there are four nutrients everyone should eat when it comes to protecting vision and they are pretty easy to get in the summer months.

Many of these nutrients are in the rich colors of the foods in season in the summer.  Women's health experts at Cornell said the four nutrients needed are:

1. Lutein: Found in green foods such as spinach.
2. Vitamin C: Found in strawberries. 
3. Vitamin E: Found in almonds.
4. Beta carotene: Found in carrots.

In addition, researchers also found these foods may be best eaten as side dishes to seafood.  The omega three fats found in fish such as salmon also appear to lower the risk of age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness with age.



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