Eat This Crunchy Snack for Stronger Vision

Medically reviewed in February 2021

Handful of cashews or a cup of popcorn: Which afternoon snack does the biggest favor for your eyes?

Take the nuts. One study showed that a weekly serving of nuts may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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The nuts may help thanks to their inflammation-fighting omega-3s. (And for that matter, fish rich in omega-3s may be good for eyes, too.) But for the best eye benefits, you'll want to control your overall fat intake at the same time. And be especially sure you're not overdosing on omega-6s, found in vegetable oils and processed foods. They tend to encourage inflammation and may be particularly bad for eyes when it comes to AMD risk.

Fountain of Youth for Eyes
A nutritious, low-fat diet is just one of the ways you can help protect your peepers. There are lots of other habits that may help you see better and help keep your eyes healthy well into the future. Here are just a few examples:

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