A natural eye care program of eye exercises does not only involve paying attention to proper nutrition, eye exercises and stress relieving eye relaxation techniques, but it also involves avoiding certain foods that have a negative impact on your eye health. If you are serious about maintaining healthier eyesight one of the essential steps that you can take to accomplish this goal is to limit your sugar intake. Here are 3 reasons why sugar has a negative impact on your eyesight:
1 Excess Sugar May Cause Dry Eye Syndrome: There is a possible link between the development of Dry Eye Syndrome and an excessive consumption of sugar in your diet. Nutritional experts suggests that you should avoid increasing your sugar intake beyond 11 teaspoons of sugar a day. Exceeding this recommended amount may cause your Dry Eye Syndrome to deteriorate. For this reason it’s essential to avoid sodas as a single can of soda alone consists of 9 teaspoons of sugar. An effort to limit your sugar intake should also take into account other food sources that are also high in sugar content such as desserts, sweets, and certain processed foods.
2 Excess Sugar intake May Lead to Diabetes: Excess sugar may lead to the development of high blood sugar resulting in Diabetes. Excess sugar intake according to the American Optometric Association, in people with Diabetes, can lead to complications from this disease in the form of a serious eye condition called Diabetic Retinopathy. According to the AOA, persons with Diabetes that exceed their sugar intake over an extended period of time can experience this eye disorder that has a negative effect on circulation to the Retina. Diabetic Retinopathy damages the blood vessels that feed and nourish the Retina. As a result, the blood vessels leak fluid and blood. This in turn causes a swelling of the tissues in the Retina that triggers the clouding of vision.
3 Excessive sugar may cause AMD (age related Macular Degeneration) and Cataracts: According to the American Optometric Association, the leading cause of blindness among people age 50 and over in the United States is Macular Degeneration. Studies by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that elderly people who consume lots of sugary and starchy foods are more prone to Macular Degeneration. According to WebMD, AMD starts around age 50 or older. It has a negative effect on the Retina and if left untreated can lead to vision loss. In older people, the development of Cataracts has also been linked to excessive intake of simple Carbohydrates such as sugar. Studies suggests that an excessive buildup of sugar in the lens of the eye may lead to protein damage and clumping associated with the development of Cataracts.
Jean Mayer of the U.S Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, recommends adding antioxidants to your diet along with foods that do not cause your blood sugar levels to spike too quickly. Such foods are called low glycemic index foods that include complex Carbohydrates such as whole grains, Legumes and Vegetables.
Not only are the eyes the window to the soul, but more importantly, they are one of the most precious senses that you possess. They allow you to function efficiently in every aspect of your life from work to school to recreation to your social life. As such, they demand the utmost care and attention that makes healthy eyesight possible. Therefore, limiting your sugar intake is one of the ways that you can accomplish this goal. By eliminating or reducing your consumption of sugary foods, and by adding low glycemic index foods to your diet, not only are you protecting the eyes form age related vision disorders, but ultimately, you are ensuring that your vision remains healthy regardless of aging.