Life Lessons: Super foods for your eyes

Published: Aug 13 2013 05:00:00 AM EDT

August is Cataract Awareness Month. Half of all Americans age 80 and older have cataracts, but it doesn't have to happen to you. Learn how to protect your vision with what you eat.

We have three super foods for eye health.

You already know carrots are good for eyesight, but what other foods can protect our peepers?

Spinach has a lot of antioxidants that act like sunscreen for the eyes. Eating more of the leafy greens can lower the risk of macular degeneration.

Also, eating foods rich in omega-3s, like wild salmon, helps to protect the blood vessels inside the eye.

Finally, gobble up some turkey. Its high levels of the B vitamin niacin specifically guards against cataracts. The zinc in turkey prevents macular degeneration as well.

For the adventurous eaters, ostrich can also keep your eyes healthy. Leaner than chicken, ostrich is packed full of protein, iron, and zinc, which are all needed for great eyesight.