Vitamins C and E contain antioxidants that help you stay healthy and are considered superfood for your eyes. In fact, Vitamin C can lower your risk of developing cataracts and even slow down age-related macular degeneration. Also, Vitamin C is in many food sources like oranges, grapefruits and lemons. Vitamin E protects you from molecules, known as “free radicals”. Free radicals disrupt healthy tissue, so make sure to include Vitamin E in your diet. You can find Vitamin E in many food sources like nuts, sweet potatoes, spinach and more.
Eggs are a popular option for breakfast, but did you know they can play an important role in eye health. Egg yolk contain Vitamin A, Lutein, Zinc, and Zeaxanthin. Studies show that Zeaxanthin and Lutein can lower your risk for chronic eye diseases. Vitamin A protects the cornea, while Lutein and Zeaxanthin lowers the chance of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. While Zinc contributes to the overall health of your retina and improve night vision. In the same manner leafy greens also contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
Carrots and other yellow, orange, or leafy green veggies and fruits are sources of Vitamin A. These types of foods contain beta-carotene which grant their colors. Beta-carotene is used by our intestines to make Vitamin A, which convert light into brainwaves. This provides an important component to our corneas. In fact, Vitamin A deficiency has resulted in about half a million children blind a year. Vitamin A can also help prevent serious eye infections and other serious eye conditions
Let’s talk about Zinc. Zinc are in Oysters, but why do we need Zinc? Zinc is essential to many of the processes in our body. It helps our bodies send Vitamin A from our livers to our retinas. If our bodies can’t send Vitamin A to our retinas then it doesn’t matter how much Vitamin A we get. For those of you who don’t enjoy oysters you can get your zinc from beans, meats, and nuts.
A balanced, healthy diet is important for your eye health. A diet high in antioxidants can prevent serious eye conditions and make sure your eyes are in tip top shape. Aim to eat a variety of unprocessed foods daily. If you experience problems with your eye, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. Our optometrists will help you diagnose and determine a plan to maintain your eye health.
It’s crucial you maintain your eye health on a regular basis. Beyond your diet you can protect your eyes with these tips.