The Best Foods for Eye Health Include Lutein-Rich Vegetables

What’s good for your eyes is good for the rest of you. “Eat a variety and abun- dance of colorful plant foods,” advises Julie Mares, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

But what if you had to single out one group of foods? What are the best foods for eye health? “At the top of my list are dark leafy greens,” says Mares. That means spinach, kale, collards, and Swiss chard. Peas, broccoli, and other green vegetables may also help.

That’s because dark leafy greens are rich in lutein and its cousin, zeaxanthin.