Eating a well-balanced diet is essential for keeping your eyes healthy. Nutrition Australia states that certain antioxidants and vitamins play an integral role in maintaining and protecting eye health.
Here are some nutritious foods that can benefit your eye health.
Vitamins A, C, and E help fight free radicals associated with cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Certain dairy products, meats and fish, and brightly coloured fruits and vegetables contain high antioxidants.
- Vitamin A is in dairies like cheese, eggs, milk and yoghurt. Other good sources of vitamin A include red, yellow and leafy green vegetables, such as peppers, carrots, spinach and pumpkin.
- Natural sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, berries, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
- Nuts, seeds, plant oils and wheat germ contain vitamin E.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants from the carotenoid family that play a unique role in your vision. The only dietary carotenoids in the retina, lutein and zeaxanthin, protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays in sunlight and other high-energy light waves. Egg yolk, corn, kale, romaine lettuce, grapes, kiwi and oranges are excellent sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that we must consume, as we do not produce them naturally. One usually derives Omega-3s from seafood and fish, walnuts, hemp seed and flaxseed. Other plant and animal food sources can offer these essential nutrients. Many people may choose to take Omega-3 supplements in addition to eating well.
Routine Eye Exams in Tweed Heads, NSW
Envision Optical is a comprehensive family eye clinic with locations in Tweed Heads, NSW and Burleigh Waters, QLD. Our friendly team recommends getting routine eye exams by your optometrist to ensure your eyes remain healthy and disease-free. We proudly treat patients all over the Gold Coast area.
During an eye exam, Dr Andrew Bowden evaluates your vision and checks your eyes for potential irregularities and diseases. Dr Bowden provides prompt treatment to correct a patient's vision or help them adapt to any vision changes. Our team creates a personalised plan to give each patient the treatment they need, and we also offer tips for at-home eye care.
We invite you to contact us today to arrange an eye appointment for you or your loved ones.