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Carrots get all the kudos for protecting vision and staving off eye-related diseases. But a 2020 American Academy of Ophthalmol­ogy list of top eye-healthy foods included much more than Bugs Bunny’s favorite snack. In fact, it named 36 different fruits, vegetables, beans and fish. Among the standouts: apricots. The fruit is a good source of carotenoid­s—a form of vitamin A found in orange, yellow and red produce— which act as antioxidan­ts, safeguardi­ng the eye from cellular damage and harm from blue light. A study published in JAMA Ophthalmol­ogy that tracked age-related macular degenerati­on (AMD, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world) in middle-aged people over the course of more than 20 years found that those who ate the most carotenoid-rich foods were 40% less likely to develop advanced AMD than those consuming the least. And apricots contain lutein and zeaxanthin—two carotenoid­s that research suggests are particular­ly important for eye health. —Micaela Young,

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