Your eyes are sort of like a machine; they require the right fuel to function at the optimal level. Many people are quite conscientious about what they eat and how their diet affects their body. But very few people eat with their eye health in mind.
There is research to indicate that diets rich in certain nutrients could delay or prevent the development of eye conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and dry eye. At Airdrie Family Eye Doctors, we are passionate about eye health. We’ll be happy to talk to you about eye nutrition and the positive impact it could have on your vision. Request an appointment with us today.
It can be tricky to balance your diet; particularly when you’re trying to accomplish multiple goals at once, like trying to build muscle mass, feed your eye health, and stay under a certain calorie intake.
You don’t have to be overwhelmed by all the nutrients you need. Vitamin supplements are an excellent way to ensure your body gets enough of all the essential nutrients. In fact, there are even supplements designed specifically to benefit eye health. Ask your pharmacist to point you towards the eye health supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of eye health for infants and adults. Omega-3’s could help maintain intraocular drainage, decreasing the risk of glaucoma. There is research to suggest that omega-3’s could help prevent age-related macular degeneration and even dry eye syndrome.
Omega-3’s can be found in cold water fish like salmon, sardines, herring, and tuna. They are also available in capsule form if you are not a fan of seafood. We proudly carry the Ascenta Omega 3 supplements (capsules and liquid form). This is a high grade of omega-3 that doesn’t give you fish burps!
We all know that vitamin C is the amazing immune system boosting vitamin. But did you know it can also be hugely beneficial to eye health? Vitamin C may reduce the risk of developing AMD and cataracts as you grow older.
Vitamin C can be found in most fruits and vegetables. Some of the best sources of vitamin C include kale, oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are naturally occurring pigments which can help protect your retina from the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Studies suggest that consistent lutein and zeaxanthin consumption may reduce your risk of developing AMD and cataracts.
These pigments occur naturally in a number of leafy green vegetables; including kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce. If you are not fond of salad, try getting your dose of lutein and zeaxanthin from vegetables like squash, carrots, and tomatoes.
Airdrie Family Eye Doctors are located on main street south of the Tower Lane Mall Safeway. Come “see” us today! Or, feel free to call our clinic phone number.
705 Main St S, Suite 150
Airdrie, AB T4B 3M2