The Eye is the lamp of the body, so if the eye is healthy your whole body will be full of light. From reading to writing, from classroom to playground, a child’s eyes are constantly at work. With the ongoing pandemic, kids are not able to attend school and they are sitting at home without friends, screen came to their complete rescue. With a sharp drop in physical movement (outdoor activities), and increased screen time due to online classes and pleasure viewing, leads to many health-related concerns especially affecting eyesight. By feeding foods for the eye you can protect their eyes. Bad eyesight is most commonly caused by a refractive error like nearsightedness (myopia), foresightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Below are some reasons for weak eyesight in kids: (what are some common eye disorders in kids?)
Reasons of weak eyesight
Genetics: Kids with a family history of poor eyesight are at higher risk of weaker eyesight than those who don’t have any family history of eye issues.
Lack of nutrients: Eating habits should be taken care of from an early age, as eating low nutrient food can lead to many health issues and weak eyesight is one of them.
Screen time: limitless screen time is adversely affecting the overall health including the eyes of kids especially those under the age of 3 years, as their development is happening rapidly.
Sunlight: Just like UV rays affect our skin, it too affects our eyes. Photo keratitis is a type of sunburn on the surface of the eye.
Symptoms to be taken seriously:
- Child is constantly rubbing his/her eyes
- Poor focusing
- Abnormal movement of eyes (after 6 months of age)
- Redness of the eyes
- Tearing of eyes
- Tilting head and covering one eye
- Sitting too close to television or keeping book too close while reading
- Complaining of headaches or eye pain
How beta carotene help with eye health?
Beta carotene is the primary source of vitamin A in the human diet. It is a provitamin A carotenoid or you can say nutrients that the body converts into vitamin A. Orange-colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes, apricot, and sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene which helps your eyes to adjust them in darkness and improves night vision. It helps to strengthen eye muscles, thus is key for eye care and necessary to protect your kid from any children’s eye disease.
Foods for eye that can help in strong vision
Foods play a very important role in developing and promoting children’s eye health. These foods not only help in strong vision but also improve weak eyesight to a great extent.
Moringa contains beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients can preserve eyesight and also reduce the risk of eye diseases. Moringa powder is the richest common food in lutein and zeaxanthin. There isn’t a recommended daily intake for beta-carotene. Scientific data shows that about 3-6 mg of beta-carotene per day is good. Scientists found the amount of beta-carotene in Moringa powder to be about 28.5 mg per 100g. (Which other foods are good for eye health?)
Carrots are a great source of beta carotene which can be converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes better eyesight. It is also rich in lutein, an antioxidant which can help in preventing eye damage caused by free radicals.
This is high in nutrients and is believed to aid many ailments. Sprouted moong is stuffed with vitamin C, which is a natural antioxidant and helps to maintain the flexibility of the retina. sprouting reduces levels of phytic acid, which is an antinutrient. Antinutrients can reduce the absorption of minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium
Spinach contains a high volume of antioxidant lutein and zeaxanthin stored in the macula. Macula is the part of the retina that naturally protects the eye from ultraviolet rays. These nutrients also help the eye to detect contrast better. So this not only improves vision, but also maintains vision for the long term.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Spirulina also contains high concentration of zeaxanthin, an important nutrient important for eye health. It helps in maintaining good eyesight as well as prevents night blindness.
Broccoli is packed with antioxidants and carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of them act as protective pigments in the back of the eyes. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant nutrient that’s involved in both creating and protecting the structure of your eyes.
Flax seeds are very high in fiber and provide good amounts of protein. It is also rich source of omega 3 fatty acid which is essential for strengthening eye nerves.
It is a shrub and an essential herb in ayurvedic medicines. Giloy is used to treat a wide range of health conditions. Giloy also contains lutein that is good for eyesight. It helps to boost vision clarity.
Wheat grass: high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids. All of these support eye health.
Barley Grass: barley grass contains a good amount of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that regulates immune function, cell growth, and vision.
Alfalfa Grass: It contains B-Vitamins, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C for vision and teeth. Also rich in Vitamin D which is extremely crucial for bone health.
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