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Eat Right for Better Eyesight

by Caroline Cauchi, OD

The best thing you can do for your eyesight is maintain a healthy lifestyle. Start by eating foods that are rich in eye-friendly nutrients. Vision Solutions, your trusted provider of high-quality contact lenses and other eye care products, shares some good examples in today’s post.

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Fish

Your eyes need two specific omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, to maintain your visual comfort. Fortunately, cold-water fish, such as tuna, salmon and trout, contain high levels of these nutrients. Not only do they make appetizing meals, they also lower your risk of developing dry eye syndrome.

Dark, Leafy Greens

Dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach are a great addition to your daily intake. They are powerhouses of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that fight off free radicals, which can compromise your eyes’ structural integrity and various processes. Because they provide so many health benefits, dark, leafy greens are sometimes included as part of glaucoma treatment and prevention.

Bell Peppers

Did you know that a cup of bell peppers can give you 100% of the daily recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A? It also provides the most vitamin C per calorie. Including bell peppers in your diet can also reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts as you age.

Berries and Oranges

Fruits from the berry and citrus families are loaded with vitamin C. Your eye care specialist encourages eating oranges or strawberries to boost your immune system. Doing so can strengthen your resistance to illnesses.

To learn more about great foods for the eyes, call us at (619) 461-4913. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve La Mesa, CA, and nearby areas.