CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Certain foods, supplements and herbs can actually help keep your eyes healthy as you age! Herbal Information Specialist Jonathan Evans, from The Herbarium in Chicopee shared more about these foods, supplements and herbs.Foods for Eye Health

Leafy greens (Kale, collard greens, spinach) – Good source of Lutein, which is found in the yellow spot of the eye part of the macular region in the retina, which is responsible for central vision

Eggs – Yolk also contains Lutein

Dried peas and beans, yellow vegetables – Carotenes, antioxidants, free radical scavengers, helping general eye health

Blackberries, Cherries, Raspberries – Antioxidants, free radical scavengers, help to protect against age related Macular Degeneration and helps with lens opacity (Cataracts) as well as strengthening blood vesselsHerbs / Supplements for Eye Health

Lutein – Helps filter out harmful radiation and helps maintain proper lens density. Important for a healthy retina and protects macula from free radical damage.

Bilberry – Improves night vision, and helps support healthy circulation in the eye. Bilberry has been shown to build up the macula.

Ginkgo biloba – Promotes better circulation in the eye and strengthens blood vessels.

Eyebright herb – Antibacterial, astringent. Used for conjunctivitis, cataract formation, glaucoma, general eye health

Astaxanthin – Another carotenoid for retinal health, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and eye strain and fatigue.

Zeaxanthin – Protects cortex of the lens rom free radical damage.

Quercetin – Helps maintain lens transparency

Vitamins good for eyes – Vitamin A, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium and several amino acids are all very helpful for eye health