You’ve probably heard that diabetes may lead to blindness and other eye-related problems. While that’s true, the good news is that, by taking care of your eyes, you can greatly reduce the chances you’ll have problems with your vision down the road.
May is Healthy Vision Month, an initiative of the National Eye Institute. There’s no better time to focus on your eye health.
- Schedule a dilated eye exam. Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to know if your eyes are at their best. See an an ophthalmologist at least once a year.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. In addition to an annual check-up, the best things you can do to keep your eyes healthy are to keep your blood glucose and blood pressure under control and, if you smoke, quit.
- Learn about your family’s eye history. Many eye diseases are hereditary, so talk to family members about any problems they’ve had with their eyes.
- Use protective eyewear. Protect your eyes when doing chores around the house, playing sports, and when you’re on the job.
- Wear sunglasses. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of getting certain eye diseases like cataracts. (People with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop cataracts.) Purchase sunglasses that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
I can’t help you schedule an exam or learn about your family’s history and I certainly can’t make you wear protective eyewear and sunglasses. I can, however, provide you with a few recipes to help you live a healthier lifestyle. NEI recommends eating fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut and including leafy greens in your diet several times each week.
Some of my blogger friends sent me their favorite recipes featuring fatty fish and leafy greens which you’ll find below. (Please note that a few of the recipes may not fit with your diabetic meal plan as they include ingredients such as pasta, potatoes, pizza dough, etc. You will need to decide if they will work for you.)
I have an eye exam scheduled for tomorrow (great timing, huh?) and I think we’ll have salmon and spinach for dinner tonight. How will you celebrate Healthy Vision Month?
Salmon Tacos with Kale, Collards, and Lemon-Tomato Vinaigrette – Diabetic Foodie
Broiled Salmon with Onion Marmalade over Greens – Diabetic Foodie
Salmon in Tomato, Thyme, and Ginger Sauce – Diabetic Foodie
Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner – There’s a Cook in My Kitchen
Honey Mustard Salmon – Dinner at the Zoo
Honey Sesame Seared Salmon – Delicious Obsessions
Black Garlic & Lime Cedar Plank Salmon – Strength & Sunshine
Roasted Hatch Chili and Jicama Salmon – Strength & Sunshine
Hawaiian “Lomi Lomi” Salmon – The Good Hearted Woman
Tropical Salmon – The Organic Kitchen
Greek-Seasoned Salmon, Artichoke, and Feta Dip – Farm Fresh Feasts
Slow Cooker Salmon Swiss Chard Artichoke Dip – Farm Fresh Feasts
Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon – More than Pancakes
Smoked Salmon Benedict – The Good Hearted Woman
Salmon and Goat Cheese on Arugula Pesto Pizza – Farm Fresh Feasts
Deconstructed Salmon Artichoke Dip Pizza – Farm Fresh Feasts
Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Olives, and Farro – Cookistry
Tuna Ceviche – Diabetic Foodie
Spanish Tuna Salad with Roasted Red Peppers – And Here We Are
Ahi Tuna Poke – The Fit Blog
Tuna Broccoli Casserole – Farm Fresh Feasts
Rainbow Salad Niçoise – The Fit Blog
Sesame Crusted Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Chimichurri Sauce – 30AEATS
Lemon Rosemary Alaskan Halibut – Delicious Obsessions
Lemon Butter Halibut with Zoodles – The Organic Kitchen
Halibut and Mushrooms in a Pepper-Ginger Broth – Thrive Market (affiliate link)
Pistachio Nut Crusted Halibut with Roasted Red Pepper Salsa – The Organic Kitchen
Kale and Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Cranberries – Diabetic Foodie
Spinach Dumplings – Diabetic Foodie
How to Blanch Greens – Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Sweet Potato Strawberry Arugula Salad – There’s a Cook in My Kitchen
Garlic Kale Hummus – Strength & Sunshine
Kale and Carrot Salad – The Good Hearted Woman
Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette – The Organic Kitchen
Detox Smoothie (with spinach) – Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Healthy Baked Ziti with Zucchini & Kale and Two Sauces – Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Savory Pasta with Onions, Bacon, and Summer Greens – Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Mustard Greens Pesto with Pecans and Asiago – Farm Fresh Feasts
Swiss Chard with Bacon and Roasted Potatoes – Farm Fresh Feasts
Simple Baby Bok Choy – There’s a Cook in My Kitchen
Tomato-Arugula Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette – Cheer and Cherry
Delicata Squash Salad with Apples & Cranberries – Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde Sauce – Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Creamed Swiss Chard with Back Bacon – Farm Fresh Feasts
Spinach Sausage Alfredo Tortellini – Farm Fresh Feasts