Some meats are among the worst foods for the eyes and can cause “profound” vision loss.

Some vision problems are beyond our control and may be genetic or age related. However, our lifestyle can affect others. One such lifestyle factor to keep in mind is diet.

An expert spoke to about foods and drinks that can negatively affect vision.

Dr. Rabia Burkiza, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at OCL Vision, warns against eating certain types of meat.

He recommended avoiding processed meats such as sausages and bacon.

“Processed meats like sausages and bacon, cooked meals and fried foods are high in salt and saturated fat, which can raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels,” he said.

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“They can damage the delicate blood vessels in the eye and cause profound loss of vision.”

Other examples of processed meat include:

  • ham
  • Deli meats such as salami
  • pates
  • Canned meats such as corned beef
  • Meat cuts for lunch, including chicken and turkey.

WebMD also advises against eating processed meat for your eyes due to its high sodium content.

Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, or hypertension, which is said to cause: “Hypertensive retinopathy, damage to the blood vessels that causes blurred vision or loss of vision.

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Choroidopathy, accumulation of fluid under the retina.

“Neuropathy, a blockage in blood flow that kills nerves and causes loss of vision.”

As a result, it is recommended to keep your sodium intake to a minimum.

Other foods that are bad for your eyes

Dr. Burkiza shared other foods and drinks that can impair vision.

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He said: “Avoid sugary foods and sugary drinks as they greatly increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes, which is probably the biggest food-related vision threatening disease.

“High intake of carbohydrates, such as large amounts of white bread, pasta and white rice, can also affect the eyes as they are broken down into sugar, which can cause diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.”

One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that the type of carbohydrates consumed may increase the risk of progressive age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

In particular, high-glycemic carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta, and bread should be avoided, while whole-grain versions of rice, pasta, and bread do not affect vision.

The correspondent, Allen Taylor, said: “It is possible that the type of damage caused by low-quality carbohydrates to the tissue of the eye is the same in both diabetic eye disease and AMD.”

Eye Health Tips

Dr. Burkiza added: “Regular exercise and smoking cessation will help maintain eye vascular health as well as cardiovascular health.

“Wearing sunglasses for UV protection and goggles when doing DIY work can also help prevent damage to your eyesight.

“It’s important to maintain good blood sugar levels if you have diabetes and have regular eye exams, especially if you have a family history of eye disease.”

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