Orbis x Food Folk — Feast Your Eyes

The pandemic has fueled a rise in working from home and subsequently an increase in usage of digital devices. This has caused a slow deterioration of eye health across all age groups.

It’s time to pay attention to eye health! Eating the right food is not only good for your entire body but also plays an important role in protecting your vision.

Join Us

To promote eating for good eye health, Food Folk has teamed up with Orbis, the flying eye hospital, this Autumn for an unprecedented “Feast Your Eyes” Campaign from Oct 3 to 21 Oct 2021. We invite you to join an exclusive Virtual Blind Fold Lunch to celebrate World Sight Day.

Date 21 October, 2021 (Thursday)
Time 12:30 – 1:00pm (HK Time)
Content Orbis Hong Kong will host the 30-min event in English; experiencing games will be conducted.
Format Zoom meeting
How to join Visit www.orbis.org/1013Lunch to register for the event (After registration, Orbis will send you the Zoom link via email AND mail-over the blindfold to your postal address.)
Enrollment deadline 18 October, 2021 (Monday)
Enquiry 2508-7070 Annie Lau; annie.lau@orbis.org

Treat Your Eyes

Order Food Folk’s Eye-friendly Meals and Drinks NOW and treat your eyes to a feast!

You’ll eat deliciously eye-healthy food from Food Folk or your loving lunchbox in total darkness. Experience the challenge and struggles faced daily by sightless people around the world while helping to remind ourselves to cherish our gift of sight.

Pre Book now! Darkness should never be regarded as an unavoidable fate for the visually impaired! Support Orbis’s sight-saving efforts by coming to our Virtual Blindfold Lunch with other brave hearts and kind souls! Let’s taste the darkness with the hope to bring light to many more.

Tips on Eating for Eye Health

There are more than 200 eye conditions, ranging from common problems to rarer diseases. In addition to congenital factors, bad habits in daily life (such as excessive use of digital devices, etc.) might also increase our chances of developing eye diseases. Apart from changing our lifestyle, what we eat may also affect what we see when it comes to protecting our vision.

A good eating habit can first lower the risk of getting age-related eye diseases and provide more nutrients in the retina, helping to prevent eye diseases. Secondly, eat well may also be useful in alleviating the seriousness of eye diseases, as some ingredients of food with the function of slowing down the process of oxidation and Aged-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (2020), the following nutrients found in food are linked to lower the risks of having eye problems.

Nutrients Good for Eye Health

Vitamin A, C & E
These ingredients can usually be found in many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. They are natural antioxidants that keep us healthy by delaying or slowing down oxidation, which causes aging or cell death.
Studies show that a diet rich in foods with antioxidants may reduce your risk of developing cataracts. This is because oxidation can lead to cataracts by causing changes to fat and protein in the eye’s lens, making the lens cloudy. Therefore, antioxidants can lower your probability of getting cataracts.

Zinc is commonly found in red meat, shellfish, and eggs. Like Vitamins A, C and E, zinc may help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and Zeaxanthin could be found in most fruits and vegetables, especially yellow and orange varieties and leafy greens. Egg yolks are even richer source of these nutrients. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in the retina. Dietary intake of these nutrients is shown to have antioxidant properties and improve the pigment density in the macula, and it is a win for your eye health.

Omega-3 fatty acids
This ingredient is very common in coldwater fish, flaxseed and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids is important to retinal health and it can reduce your chance of getting age-related eye diseases and dry eyes. Studies found that people who ate fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice per week can lower AMD risk or its progress and less likely to get AMD-related diseases. Moreover, adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet may provide relief in lower the chance of dry eye because it helps us to produce more tears to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable.

Top 10 Foods Good for Eye Health

We highlight 10 foods rich in nutrients good for eye health below:

About Orbis

Orbis is an international nonprofit that has been transforming lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for nearly four decades. With their network of partners, Orbis mentor, train and inspire entire local eye care teams –from health workers in rural clinics to eye surgeons in urban centers –so they can work together to save and restore vision, ensuring no one has to face a life of avoidable blindness.