Diet and Nutrition for Healthier Eyes

Want to know the easiest way to improve your overall eye health? The answer is in your diet!

Many people consider vision their most valuable sense and want to do everything possible to retain the best vision possible throughout their life.  Recent and emerging research is making a clear connection between eye health and nutritional choices.  Whether it be through diet alone or by nutritional supplements, the following nutrients can play a vital role in maintaining and retaining your vision:

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

These are two nutrients that are found primarily in leafy, green vegetables such as kale and spinach.  They are also found in other common foods such as eggs.  Emerging research is pointing to lutein and zeaxanthin as being essential for reducing the risk of eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.  This antioxidant is found in fruits and vegetables, the most famous of which is the orange.  Research shows that vitamin C can lower the risk of development of cataracts when taken with other essential nutrients.  Vitamin C has also been shown to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and normal visual acuity loss with age.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in nuts, sweet potatoes and fortified cereals.  It is an antioxidant that is believed to protect the eye from free radicals which can break down healthy eye tissue.

Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids help to maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuels cells and boosts the immune system.  Omega-3 fatty acids are shown to be essential for proper visual development and retinal function.

Nutritional Supplements

Sometimes diet alone is not enough. Nutritional supplements can help bridge any gaps in nutrients in your diet. Ask your doctor about these supplements.

Nutritional Counseling

Did you know that many eye doctors are qualified nutritional counselors? At Remke Eye Clinic we are happy to help you achieve better health by offering nutritional counseling services. If you feel that you would benefit from learning more about eating healthy for healthier eyes, please contact us today and schedule an appointment to sit down and talk with your eye doctor.

Nutrition and Inflammation

Inflammation is the cause of many of the chronic problems that Americans frequently suffer from. Many eye diseases such as dry eye syndrome can be the result of inflammation. It can be very painful and debilitating, but it can be greatly reduced with simple changes to your current lifestyle!

How can you reduce inflammation through your lifestyle and nutrition?

Exercise for 30 minutes at least three days a week: Exercise can be anything from fast walking to jogging to taking an aerobics class at the gym.

Avoid bad foods

Avoid white/starchy refined foods. Examples are things made with white flour, white rice and white breads

Avoid soda, including diet sodas!

Avoid fast food, candy, chips and fried foods

Avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup

Avoid things that contain trans fat

Avoid processed foods

Eat good foods

Eat natural foods that have natural colors! Examples are berries, vegetables, fruits, sweet potatoes and dried fruits

Eat single ingredient foods

Eat fish containing Omega-3 fatty acids

Enjoy spices such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic and turmeric

Drink teas and coffee in moderation

Eat nuts, especially walnuts

Eat slowly, chew thoroughly and avoid liquids during meals

Consider nutritional supplements

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