You probably turn to your optometrist to correct vision issues and treat other ocular conditions. You might also find that you can gain plenty of important information and tips about eye health as well. One of the tips your optometrist may tell you is to eat healthy foods. We often hear about eating carrots to improve vision, but there is more you should know about how diet can affect eye health. Since your eyes require certain minerals, nutrients, and vitamins to function properly, a few changes in your diet could help you enjoy healthy eyes for a lifetime.
- Eggs & Leafy Greens – These are the two best sources for the lutein and zeaxanthin that your eyes need to reduce the chance of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Leafy greens are also a good source of beta-carotene.
- Nuts & Sweet Potatoes – These contain vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants that can protect your eyes from free radicals that lead to the loss of visual acuity. These foods will also help you avoid or delay the development of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Fish – Fish and other foods that provide omega-3 fatty acids are known to play a role in retinal function and visual development, not to mention having plenty of other health benefits.
- Oysters – While other foods also offer vitamin A and zinc, oysters are the highest per serving. You can also get vitamin A from those carrots so heavily touted, but without zinc to help it, the vitamin A won’t make the vital trip from your liver to your retinas. Vitamin A is vital for eye health – a deficiency can lead to blindness. By the way, if you don’t like carrots, you can also opt for other fruits and vegetables that offer beta-carotene, such as yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.
As a trusted optometrist, here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we are dedicated to helping you enjoy good eye health for a lifetime. We recommend you visit us every couple of years even if you aren’t having any vision problems, so we can provide you with even more tips and be sure your eyes are doing well.