Tasty Sight Savers

What you put on your plate now may help with what you see later. New research reveals foods that help protect against three leading age related visions thieves.

Glaucoma.
Just one serving a month of kale or collard greens or more than two servings of carrots a week reduced the risk of glaucoma by more than 60% in a UCLA study of 1000. Scientists believe that high levels of vitamin A and other antioxidants in these veggies help protect crucial cells in the optic nerve.

Cataracts.
Adults who regularly drink orange juice and also include C-rich foods such as red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli in their daily diet are 45% less likely to develop cataracts, according to new research from Australia. Vitamin C may help counteract the lens-clouding effects of light and heat.

Macular degeneration.
Eating oatmeal and high-fiber breads can cut the risk of macular degeneration by about 39 percent, showed recent study. Complex carbs prevent blood sugar swings that can damage delicate cells in the center of the retina.