Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Changing your diet to include more fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods may help prevent vision loss if you've been diagnosed with macular degeneration. Try to:

  • Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet. The antioxidant vitamins in fruits and vegetables contribute to eye health. Eating a variety of colors ensures that you're getting a variety of vitamins. Eating kale, spinach, broccoli, peas and other vegetables, which have high levels of antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, may also benefit people with macular degeneration.
  • Choose healthy fats. Healthy unsaturated fats, such as the fats found in olive oil, may help protect your vision. Choose these healthy fats over saturated fats, such as butter and trans fats, and partially hydrogenated oils found in packaged foods.
  • Choose whole grains over refined grains. Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, over refined grains, such as white bread.
  • Add fish to your diet. Fish, such as salmon, sardines and tuna, contain omega-3 fatty acids that may help reduce the risk of vision loss related to macular degeneration. Omega-3 fatty acids also can be found in supplements and nuts, such as walnuts.
Nov. 20, 2012