What nutrients are important for the eye?
March is national nutrition month and we are about to blow some of your minds. Carrots are in fact NOT that important for your eyes!! Not only do they have zero effect on the vision and prescription, health wise-- the Beta Carotene comes in behind other nutrients that are important!
Lutein & Zeazanthin - Spinach, kale, turnip greens, collard greens. These vegetables are important for the macular health as well as preventing or slowing down cataracts.
Omega 3 fatty acids - Salmon, mackerel, herring, flax seeds, walnuts. These are fantastic for supplying a healthy tear film which prevents dry eye as well as important for the macula.
Bioflavonoids - Tea, red wine, citrus fruits, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, soy. Also protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.
Beta Carotene - Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, butternut squash. Reduce progression of macular degeneration.
Vitamins A, C, D and E all have important roles in a lifetime of healthy vision, as do foods rich in antioxidants which can help protect the eye from free radicals. Rule of thumb-What's good for your body, is good for your eyes!
Remember to schedule an annual eye exam and our doctors would be happy to talk more about nutrition and the eye!!