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Eye Nutrition

The Doctors at Shelburne Primary EyeCare Emphasize Eye Nutrition

We’re Shelburne’s holistic approach to eyecare. That’s why in addition to high-tech diagnostics and thorough consultations, we provide all of our patients with natural, preventative solutions to eyecare problems.

Our doctors are passionate about equipping you with the knowledge you need to take the best possible care of your eyes. One of the ways we do that is by talking about the positive effect good nutrition can have on your eyes.

Feeding Your Vision: Nutrients to Aid & Strengthen Your Eyes

Your body requires fuel (in the form of food) to function and your eyes are no exception. Just like an engine runs better on premium gasoline, your eyes function better with certain vitamins and nutrients.

Here is a brief list of some of the nutrients you can include in your diet for optimal eye health. For more information, book an appointment with us; we’ll be happy to make some dietary recommendations.

Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for your body in a number of ways; one of them being that they can help prevent dry eye. Cold water fish like salmon and herring are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re not a fan of seafood, you can also get your dose from walnuts and flax seeds.

Zinc is unusual in that it helps other vitamins work harder for you. For example, it can make vitamin A more effective in reducing the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. Zinc can be found in beef, oysters, and dark turkey meat.

These remarkable nutrients may protect your eyes against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Carotenoids can be found in a wide variety of delicious foods including fruits, vegetables and eggs.

Vitamin A can help to protect your eyes against dry eye and night blindness. Fruits and vegetable are all good sources of vitamin A.

In addition to boosting your immune system, vitamin C may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. You can find vitamin C in a large variety of fruits and vegetables, including kale, oranges, broccoli, and strawberries.

Supplementing Your Diet

It can be difficult to get all of the nutrients you’re looking for into just 3 meals a day. You may find that taking daily supplements is a good solution for you. Pharmaceutical companies have developed lines of supplements specifically formulated to promote eye health. Ask your optometrist to show you which supplements can help your eyesight.

Before you start taking anything new, be sure to consult your doctor.

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