Eat and Drink Your Way to Healthy Eyes
Improved eye nutrition is a recommended treatment for a wide range of irritating conditions like dry eye or digital eye strain, right through to chronic, vision-stealing diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.
At Richard and Armstrong Optometry, we actively promote healthy eating to all of our patients to help them live fuller, longer lives. By incorporating certain foods into your diet, you absorb micronutrients and vitamins which deliver benefits specific to your eye health – it’s a no-brainer.
There are so-called health gurus around the world who promise miracle cures and transformations if you simply follow this one secret guide the doctors aren’t telling you about. Obviously these are trash, but our dietary recommendations have verified, proven positive impacts on our patients’ health.
These foods contain a range of vitamins and micronutrients which not only improve your overall health, but can specifically combat eye diseases.
Bioflavonoids – May protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Usually obtained from tea, red wine, berries, soy and citrus fruits.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – May protect against dry eye and age-related macular degeneration. Usually obtained from fresh, cold-water fish (like salmon and mackerel) or walnuts and fish oil supplements.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin – May protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Usually obtained from leafy greens (like spinach and kale) as well as squash and turnip.
Vitamin A – May protect against dry eye symptoms and night vision. Usually obtained from chicken or beef liver, eggs, butter and milk.
Vitamin C – May reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Usually obtained from kale, strawberries, sweet peppers, oranges and broccoli.
Vitamin D – May reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Best obtained from controlled exposure to natural sunlight. Otherwise can be taken from fish (salmon, sardines) or orange juice.
What You Should Be Eating
If you are suffering from a condition on which improved eye nutrition could have a positive impact, we will tailor certain recommendations to you personally. Regardless, you should aim to include the following foods in your diet. They will improve your overall eye health and could even act as preventative treatment for certain conditions.
- Citrus fruits
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Vegetable oils
- Cold-water fish