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Vision: Optometrist advises intake of foods, fruits rich in carotene, vegetables





Dr Ozy Okonokhua, President, Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), has advised Nigerians to consume foods and fruit items rich in carotene and vegetables to ensure healthy vision.

Okonokhua, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Friday in Abuja, said such foods and fruits generally helped to improve the quality of the eye.

According to Wikipedia, carotenes are orange, yellow and red colour, found largely in fruits, vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables.

Some of the foods rich in carotene include carrot, sweet potatoes, broccoli, dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach, romaine, lettuce, squash, red and yellow peppers.

“To ensure healthy eye sight, we encourage intake of fruits and food items that are rich in carotene and vegetables. This is because carotene generally helps to improve the integrity of the eye,“Okonokhua advised.

Okonokhua, who frowned at the rate of consumption of fatty food by majority of the populace, however urged them to stay away from such fatty diet to avoid health implications.

According to him, consumption of fatty, if not checked could affect the health of the individual and also impact negatively on the visual system.

He further discouraged the populace from the consumption of fizzy or carbonated drinks as well as sugary diet, adding that if taken in excess, could lead to diabetes.

Okonokhua specifically identified diabetes as having a very high visual implication.

“We should avoid sugary diet so that we don’t develop diabetes which will affect the visual system negatively.

“We should also avoid too much salt intake because too much salt intake will eventually lead patients who are prone to high blood pressure to some retinopathy that will expose the vision to some eye diseases.“

Retinopathy is a disease of the retina, especially one that is non inflammatory and associated with damage to the blood vessels of the retina, according to health experts.

“Such diseases can invariably lead to visual impairment.

“Therefore, we should avoid excessive sugar and salt intake, we should also avoid fatty foods and then dwell more on fruits and vegetables that are reach in carotene.” (NNN)

Edited by Dada Ahmed