Nutrition and Your Eyes

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Did you know that what you have for lunch can help you see better and improve the health of your eyes? Rabbits knew something about those carrots after all.

It's true. Your eyesight is linked to your overall health. A diet which includes fruits and vegetables is great for your heart and your immune system but can also help your vision and help prevent or delay any eye diseases like macular degeneration or cataracts.

When we take a closer look at your retina with our Diopsys technology, we are able to see how healthy your eyes are and if there is a risk for retinal disease. Making sure to have focused ocular nutrition will help keep your retina as healthy as possible.

Here are additional food items to include in your diet to ensure best eye health.

1. Green leafy veggies: spinach, kale, collard greens

Dark green leafy vegetables are really the super foods when it comes to your eye health. Among other fantastic health benefits, these vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin which can help absorb some of the light rays that can cause damage to the retina which can lead to diseases like macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in the US.

2. Omega-3: found in salmon, sardines, mackerel or albacore tuna (and also in spinach and kale.)

Omega-3 is well known for its brain-boosting power and benefits to your cardio-vascular health. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends getting at least two servings rich with Omega-3 fatty acids a week. Studies have shown that Omega-3s can help prevent macular degeneration and dry eye disease.

3. Antioxidants: oranges, blueberries, sweet potato (and also spinach and kale!)

Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants out there, and recent studies have shown that antioxidants can help slow the progression of cataracts. Vitamin E can also do a great job of boosting antioxidants whose job it is to keep free radicals in check in the body. Free radicals damage your body's healthy cells and are found in pesticides, cigarette smoke, chemical food additives, and the air we breathe. Great sources for Vitamin C include oranges, blueberries, kale and broccoli. Sources for Vitamin E include spinach, almonds, sweet potato and avocado.

While some of the best sources for these nutritious helpers can be found in food, there are also many supplements that are available to make sure that you're getting the proper balance. At Fort Collins Family Eye Care, we recommend MacuHealth supplements. These supplements are made from natural ingredients harvested on an organic marigold farm and are rich in lutein, zeaxanthin and Omega-3s. 

Your vision is precious. Talk to Dr. Munson about your diet and what might be some good options for you. 


Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/nutrition-world-3/foods-eye-health

More on antioxidants:
https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/nutrition/antioxidants

More on free radicals:
https://www.livescience.com/54901-free-radicals.html