There is a significant amount of research suggesting that proper nutrition can help prevent serious conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. Similarly, it has been found that good nutrition can prevent or slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Our Greensboro eye doctor will be happy to discuss your diet and help you find ways to reduce your risks during your comprehensive eye exams.
Nutrients Your Eyes Need
Studies have found the following nutrients to be essential for optimal eye health:
- Vitamin A – eggs, milk, butter, and cod liver oil
- Vitamin C – strawberries, oranges, kale, and sweet peppers
- Vitamin D – mackerel, salmon, milk, and fortified cereals
- Vitamin E – almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds
- Beta-Carotene – carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes
- Bioflavonoids – tea, citrus fruits, berries, and legumes
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin – turnips, collard greens, and squash
- Selenium – shrimp, crab, and brown rice
- Zinc – oysters, beef, and turkey
- Omega-3 fatty acids – cold-water fish, flaxseed oil, walnuts
The above food suggestions are only some of the ways to obtain these essential eye nutrients. Supplements, particularly those that are food-based, can be used to help ensure you are receiving the nutrition you need. Dr. Khemsara can discuss this with you in more detail during your regularly scheduled appointments.
If you live in or around Greensboro, North Carolina and would like to learn more about taking proper care of your eyes, please contact Summit Eye Care to schedule an appointment today.