As you may have noticed, your eyes are pretty amazing things. Not only the way they focus and work in all kinds of light conditions, but how relatively low maintenance healthy eyes can be. Taking care of your eyes is generally pretty easy, but as we get older, there will be inevitable changes, and it will become more important to protect and take care of your eyesight.

Some of the more common drawbacks of getting older can be the need for reading glasses, or having more difficulty driving at night. Older people can also face the prospect of eventual cataract surgery, or even glaucoma. The point is, it’s important to do whatever you can to take care of your aging eyes!

Here’s how easy it can be to keep your eyes in top condition: look at the plate in front of you on the table. Diet plays a big part in keeping your eyes healthy, so when your mom used to tell you to eat all your carrots, she wasn’t kidding! Carrots and other beta-carotene vegetables can help keep age-related vision troubles from happening. And as much as you loved mom’s cooking, protecting your peepers doesn’t end with carrots!

For example, citrus fruits and berries are rich in Vitamin C, which has been proven to reduce the likelihood of cataracts. Egg yolks are an excellent source of Lutein and Zinc, which help prevent macular degeneration. Guess what else is a good source of Zinc? Kidney beans and lentils!

Leafy, green vegetables are jam-packed with healthy antioxidants, which also help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. If you’re not a big fan of spinach, collard greens, or kale, try a green smoothie instead! Fatty fish like tuna and salmon provide a great source of DHA, a fatty acid found in the retina that helps avoid dry eye syndrome. Don’t forget your whole grains, which are as good for your heart as your eyes. The low glycemic index of whole grains also helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

So what’s for dessert? Grab a handful of almonds, which treats your body to a healthy dose of Vitamin E. Taking care of your eye health can be as easy as eating healthy, and that’s the kind of healthcare that’s easy for everyone!