Back to school

September means back to school time – concentrating all day after a long summer break can be tiring, and can also be a strain on the eyes. Looking down at the desk, then to the front of the class requires focusing on both short and long distances.

There are some great lunch box items that can support healthy eyes as well as being quick and easy to prepare, so here are some helpful tips for packing super sight-friendly meals.

Grapes contain anthocyanins, which have antioxidant properties that could help protect the retina. A mix of red and green grapes make a colourful and tasty addition to a lunch box.

Cashew nuts are a great way to get zinc into your diet, and zinc is highly concentrated in eye tissue – particularly the retina. A handful of unsalted cashews are a satisfying snack so why not include them in the lunchtime mix?

Wholegrain bread makes a super-sight sandwich, because it contains B vitamins which are needed for healthy eyes.

Eggs are rich in cysteine, amino acids and sulfur. Sulfur may help protect the lens of your eye from cataracts, and a hardboiled egg or an egg mayo sandwich can easily be part of lunch box planning.

Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help the body maintain connective tissue, including collagen found in your cornea. They’re also a quick and easy snack for school.

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