Just like the rest of your body, your eyes need fuel. You’ve probably heard that carrots help you see better in the dark. But do you know what specific nutrients your eyes need to stay healthy and work their best for you?
Did you know a balanced diet can help prevent eye diseases? By eating well, you can keep your eyes healthy and preserve your vision. Here are a few common diseases, and the nutrients that could help keep them at bay.
As you grow older, the natural lens of the eye restructures; becoming more opaque, and making it difficult for light to effectively pass through. This is called a cataract and it’s very common. In fact, most people over 40 have some degree of cataract development.
You can help prevent or delay cataracts by consuming plenty of bioflavonoids (which can be found in blueberries, citrus fruit, and soy products), lutein and zeaxanthin (found in kale, spinach, and squash), and vitamin C (which is plentiful in oranges, strawberries, and broccoli).
When your eyes don’t produce enough tears or produce tears of poor quality, the eye becomes dry and irritated. You can combat dry eye by eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, herring, and walnuts!
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Canada. Luckily, there are lots of nutrients proven to help delay or prevent AMD. We’ve already talked about omega-3 fatty acids, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. But nutrients like vitamin D (found in salmon, sardines, and milk), beta-carotene (found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale), and zinc (found in oysters, beef, and dark turkey meat) may also go a long way to preventing AMD.
In addition to eating a balanced and healthy lifestyle, there are a number of positive lifestyle choices you can make you can make to benefit your vision. Obesity is linked to a number of eye diseases, so exercising regularly can be a big help. Smoking also increases your risk of conditions like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, so quitting smoking could have a huge impact on the long term health of your eyes.
We won’t just care for your eyes; we’ll teach you how to care for your eyes too! Book an appointment and ask our optometrists what vitamins or supplements they recommend to optimise your eye health!
We’re located on Oak Street, just across the street from Emily Carr Public School and beside the Easter Seal house. Stop in, take a look around our office, and say hello; we’d love to meet you. Our patients have access to free street-level parking in our parking lot adjacent to the Royal Bank.
3955 Oak St
Vancouver BC, V6H 2M7
Phone: (604) 677-4100