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12  Local Foods To Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Eye Problems by allgistv: 4:07pm On Aug 28, 2022
12  Local foods to boost eyesight 


Research shows that Palm fruit is a very good source of provitamin A.  According to a publication at the National Library of Medicine, it was proven that  Vitamin A plays an important part in eyesight by strengthening the cornea of the eye (the cornea is the outside covering of the eye).


 Vitamin A is part of rhodopsin,  a protein in the eyes that enables vision in not-so-bright light.

 NLM research shows  Vitamin A may help protect the eye against eye discomforts.

Vitamin A is said to help lower cataracts including macular regression of eyesight due to aging.

 Deficiency of vitamins A can result to: 

Xerophthalmia is a progressive eye disease that can bring about night blindness.

Lack of vitamin A can lead to tearing of the eye duct and this may cause dryness of the eye.


Research shows that about 100g of sweet potato contains up to 14,187 IU of Vitamin A.


Pumpkin is another excellent source of vitamin A which is good for the eye.

Other vital minerals content of pumpkin that do wonders are Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Research shows that both of them can help protect eyesight. In addition to this, pumpkin is a low-calorie food and hence is helpful for the overweight.


Salmon fish is not only a good source of vitamin A which is good for the eye but also very rich in “omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)”. 

Avocado is a good source of vitamin E, according to Healthline dot com, vitamin E : 

• Act as an antioxidant in the body.

• Help to boost your immune system.

• Fight against free radicals that can damage the eye.


These are a fruit that has a high content of vitamin C, these fruits, include orange, lemon, Grape,  Apple, and many others.
According to medical research published at NLM, it shows that vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can offer protection to the eyes against the damages caused by free radicals.

Clinical Trials suggest that C and E may help fight cataracts.  A cataract is an eye problem that induces cloudy and impaired vision. Vitamin C also helps in the formation of collagen (a protein that provides structural support to your eyes). 


Cereal foods are a grass-like crop that produces edible grains. These grains are made of endosperm, germs, and bran.

You can see a complete list of this local food here:

According to CDC, they are:

 Refractive errors:  This manifest informs of myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances), and presbyopia.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: This is common among elderly people. 

Cataract: This is a type of eye problem that occurs as a result of clouding of the eye’s lens and is the leading cause of blindness.

Diabetic Retinopathy: manifests when there is damage to the blood vessels of the retina, 

Glaucoma: Manifest when there is damage to the eye’s optic nerve where the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, which can lead to loss of vision.  

Amblyopia:  Manifest when the brain and the eye don't work together.

Strabismus: this happens when there is an imbalance in the positioning of the two eyes. 

Telegraph editor on self-care


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