I had laser surgery on my eyes 13 years ago and just go for an annual checkup to make sure I am still seeing well. I have had differences between the left and right eye, but generally still see 20/20, maybe a bit worse in one eye, but 20/20 overall. I have also been told I will eventually need reading glasses as the eye surgery can't correct for the loss of near vision that comes with age, some time around 40. I have had some abnormal range tests for nerve thickness, but just something to watch as it has remained stable.
So, I went for my annual checkup this week and started going through all of the tests - eye pressure, peripheral vision, reading the charts far away, up close. I was telling all of the staff at the office about my new career coaching people in plant based nutrition. The woman doing some of my tests commented on how great my vision was and we discussed the impact of diet on vision. The same arteries that we need to keep healthy for heart disease or stroke feed your eyes as well, it is all related. She wholeheartedly agreed.
Then my eye doctor came in and we had similar discussions. He did the distance and up close vision tests and my eagle eyes were better than 20/20 near and far. I read every tiny line of letters they had and probably could have read even smaller, it was kind of fun putting my eyes to the test! The good doctor said I have improved in every test they did and have no signs of needing reading glasses. He also agreed on keeping the arteries healthy for healthy/improved vision. I truly believe this year's improvement is due to me being vegan for almost a year and a half now and shifting to an even healthier low fat whole foods plant based diet for 8 months now.
This Success Story from plant based eating tells about reversing eye damage from diabetes. Lots of great evidence out there linking eye health to healthy low fat plant based eating and getting the artery clogging, high cholesterol foods (meat, dairy, even plant oils) out of the diet.
I just wanted to share, as I do with my Grandmother. I try to be a healthy example and share my successes and those of others eating this way to possibly inspire others. Enjoy!