Eating to Improve Your Ocular Health
When planning your diet, do you include foods that improve your eyesight? There are more foods than just carrots when it comes to eye nutrition. Certain nutrients can boost eye health and even protect against sight-threatening diseases. With so many options these days, it’s not hard to discover a healthy, tasty meal that is good for your whole body – including your eyes!
Countless foods have exactly what our bodies require to remain healthy and energetic – and even protect our vision. Increase your nutritional intake by selecting foods that are high in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fats, Zinc, and Selenium. Such food options include:
- Fish – Certain types of cold-water fish, including salmon and tuna, are filled with omega-3 fatty acids. These acids protect against dry eyes, macular degeneration and, to an extent, cataracts.
- Leafy Greens – Spinach and kale are perfect examples of leafy greens that benefit your ocular health. These greens are full of lutein and zeaxanthin, which stem the development of macular degeneration and even cataracts.
- Eggs – Eggs, besides being an incredibly delicious breakfast, include lutein and vitamin A, both of which promote eye health and function. Vitamin A, specifically, protects against blindness and dry eyes.
- Citrus – Citrus fruits and berries, including oranges and lemons, are high in vitamin C, which reduces the risks of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Like a weight-loss diet, a healthy diet designed to improve ocular health will be well-rounded and filled with the right vitamins and minerals that your body craves. To start, you should emphasize fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Do not forget the lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts, too!
It is common knowledge that many Americans do not eat enough fruits or vegetables, which is a leading cause of decreased eye health. Alternatively, taking a multi-vitamin each day can help improve your vision and ocular health.
For more information on eating to improve your ocular health, contact Yes Eye Specialists by calling 954-452-6889. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!