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World Sight Day being observed today
World Sight Day being observed today
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Lahore: World Sight Day (WSD) 2017 is being observed today (October 12) across the globe including Pakistan to to focus on blindness and vision impairment.

The theme for this year's World Sight Day is: “Make Vision Count”.

WSD is observed annually on the second Thursday of October, aiming to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment. It was originally initiated by the SightFirstCampaign of Lions Club International Foundation in 2000.

In 2010, just over 28% of the world’s population were affected by Myopia (short-sightedness). This is predicted to rise to 34% by 2020 and nearly 50% by 2050. In 2014, approximately 422 million people – or 8.5% of adults worldwide – were living with diabetes, compared to 108 million in 1980. Low- and middle-income countries account for approximately 75% of the global diabetes burden. Approximately one in three people living with diabetes have some degree of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and one in 10 will develop a vision-threatening form of the disease.

Our diet plays an integral part in maintaining a healthy body which included our eyes too. To maintain good eye health, it is imperative to switch to healthy foods that you must add in your daily diet. According to Delhi-based Nutritionist Lokendra Tomar, "There are certain nutrients which are required for good vision. Some of them may include Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Beta-carotene, vitamin A, zinc, vitamin C, Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid, etc."
Here are some food that may help boost your eyesight and eye health.

Carrot due to the presence of beta-carotene- a type of vitamin A that helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function properly makes for one of the best vegetables to improve eyesight.

In addition to having good amounts of beta-carotene, it contains zeaxanthin and lutein. These compounds are essential for maintaining good vision. It is loaded with vitamin C that helps in maintaining eye health.

According to the Book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, its high beta-carotene content is beneficial for ageing eyes. Studies also show a regular intake of nutrients such as vitamin C and E, zinc and copper- all found in apricots - can reduce the risk of macular degeneration by 25 percent.

It has a useful amount of lutein, an antioxidant that promotes eye health. The fiber rich vegetable also contains vitamin C and beta-carotene along with lutein and zeaxanthin. Toss this vegetable in your salads, sauces or pasta dishes.

The Omega 3 found in nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are the fatty acids that help keep your retinas healthy and stop age-related eyesight deterioration.

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