What Your Optometrist Says About Diet and Eye Health
Ongoing research is providing more evidence that certain nutrients pay a vital role in reducing your risk of suffering eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. For example, antioxidant vitamins (A, E and C) and zinc may slow progression of age-related macular degeneration while zeaxanthin and lutein found in leafy greens and eggs may help prevent or delay the onset of cataracts. In addition, your eye doctor recommends eating healthy meals, not smoking and getting daily exercise to decrease your chances of being diagnosed with glaucoma, a disease caused by high intraocular (inside the eye) pressure.
Should You Eat Carrots at Every Meal?
Carrots are one of nature's perfect foods, containing many health benefits from reducing stroke risks to improving eyesight in dim illumination. Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant known for its role in decreasing incidences of cancer, diabetes and macular degeneration. In addition, carrots also provide vitamin A, a nutrient benefiting corneal health and eyesight.
Benefits of Vitamin C for Eye Health
In addition to protecting the body against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, vitamin C may also inhibit tumor growth and keep your immune system functionally normally to protect your eyes against disease. Include strawberries, pineapples, grapefruit and peas in your diet to receive rich amounts of vitamin C.
Zinc and Eye Health
Zinc is needed to transport vitamin A to your retina from the liver. You could eat five carrots at every meal but not receive the eye health benefits of vitamin without zinc. The most zinc-rich food is oysters but you can get zinc from nuts, beans, and meat.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
To support eye health, eat food containing omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, herring, walnuts) for reducing your risk of dry eyes and age-related macular degeneration. Omega-3 fatty acids also contribute to cardiovascular health and may enhance strength of blood vessels in the eyes. This is especially important for people with diabetic retinopathy.
Contact Us to Learn More
Learn more about how your diet affects vision and eye health by calling your optometrist today at Crystal Vision Center at 979-705-7313 to schedule an appointment for a complete eye exam.