A healthy well-balanced diet is essential to the growth and development of the visual system. This curriculum will help students understand the relationship between a healthy diet and healthy eyes. It will help students investigate the problems that occur when diets are not balanced or are tainted by growth and processing techniques. In addition, students will be made aware of how certain eye conditions can develop or be controlled by certain foods or supplements to diets.
Students will understand the ingredients of a diet needed to develop healthy organs. Teachers and students also will explore the issues that are of concern in the 21st century such as: types of diets, use of vitamin and mineral supplements, food additives, biological contaminants, food safety, and product labeling.
The unit will begin by exploring the role of nutrition in the prenatal development of the visual system. It will also provide information on the problems that occur such as diseases and disorders that are caused or made more problematic because of poor diets. It will also investigate eye disorders and the role of diet in visual problems.