Foods That Benefit Eyesight

Foods That Benefit Eyesight
Posted on 12/18/2017

As your ophthalmologist and optometrists serving the areas in and around Birmingham, AL, we at Callahan Eye Clinic want to do all we can to help you attain your best possible visual health. While that includes providing you with high-quality eye treatments and services, such as eye exams, cataract surgeries, and LASIK eye surgery, it can also include just giving you helpful advice to keep your visual health at a high level. There are many things that you can do to improve or maintain the health of your eyes. In fact, you may be surprised to know that there are even foods that you can eat to promote great eyesight. Here are some of these foods that your eye doctors recommend to eat in order to benefit your eyesight.

FISH

Cold-water fish that include tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect against dry eyes, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Also, they can be rich in DHA, a fatty acid that’s found in your retina. Low levels of this has been linked with dry eye syndrome.

LEAFY GREENS

Leafy greens, such as spinach, broccoli, and kale, are packed full of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

EGGS

The yolk of eggs also includes the important antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. Additionally, eggs have vitamin A, which can protect against dry eyes and night blindness, and zinc, which lowers your macular degeneration risk as well.

CITRUS FRUITS AND BERRIES

Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, and berries are some of the best sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is also capable of lowering the possibility of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

NUTS

Nuts, including almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, are high in vitamin E, which can boost your eye health and reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration. Additionally, they have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids as well.

ORANGE-COLORED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

It may sound odd, but orange-colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkins, and cantaloupe, are also great for your eyes. What gives them their orange color is their carotenoids, which are believed to decrease the possibility of acquiring any eye diseases.

Contact Your Birmingham, AL Optometrists and Ophthalmologists!

If you’d like to learn more about improving your eyesight or you’d just like to know more about our practice or our treatments, we encourage you to contact us. Also, please feel free to give us a call at (205) 933-6888 if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us. We can’t wait to hear from you and help improve your visual health!