July 18th , 2024



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Those with a family history of poor vision or retinal health problems might fear that they are destined to encounter these problems at some point in their life. However, research shows that it’s not all genetics. An individual’s diet can also impact their eye health.

1. Artificial sweeteners

Often found in diet drinks and processed foods marketed as "low calorie" or "sugar-free". However, studies have shown that these sweeteners can be harmful to eye health. Go for natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup instead.

2. White bread

White bread is made from refined grains and is often high in added sugars, which can lead to a spike in blood sugar levels. Over time, this can increase the risk of developing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.

3. Processed snacks

Processed snacks like chips and cookies are often high in unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. This can contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, including the eyes.

4. Margarine and vegetable oils

These cooking oils are used in processed foods and can be high in trans fats. These unhealthy fats have been linked to an increased risk of macular degeneration. Fried foods are high in these unhealthy fats.

Here are some foods that can harm your eyes: 

5. Sweetened drinks such as:


·Energy drinks

·Sports drinks

Can contain up to 7 to 10 tablespoons of added sugar per drink. Which can increase risk of:

·Type 2 diabetes

·Heart disease

·Age-related macular degeneration.

6. Sodium

High sodium foods such as:

·Hot dogs


·Deli meat

·Canned foods

Can lead to hypertension or high blood pressure. This can cause significant damage to the eyes including:

.Blood vessel damage

·Fluid buildup under the retina

·Blockages of blood flow

While many of these foods are delicious and satisfying, they can be extremely harmful to our eye health if consumed excessively. 

It's important to be mindful of our diets and consume these foods in moderation to maintain good eye health and prevent potential vision problems.

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Charles Kumi Adjei

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