What you eat is how you supply your body with the tools to perform well. Your eyes are no different. Of course, many lifestyle choices can augment proper eating such as a low alcohol intake, not smoking, and regular exercise. The foods you choose can impact your visual health as well.
Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals may help to slow the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Having a diet rich in vitamin A, C, and E will help your eyes stay healthy. Look for fruits and vegetables that are bright and colourful, as this is a good indicator of a vitamin-rich choice. Vegetable like tomatoes, carrots, corn, broccoli, and peppers are rich in colour and vitamins. Pick vivid fruit such as oranges, strawberries, avocado, cantaloupe, and cranberries.
Fatty acids and proteins make a huge impact on your long-term eyesight. Fish, such as tuna, mackerel and salmon are great for your eyesight. Vegetarians can get their protein through legumes like beans, peas, and lentils or through nuts like pistachios, walnuts, and cashews. Fish, legumes, and nuts are a great way to get your essential minerals like zinc, lutein, and omega-3.
If you are struggling to keep up with the intake of vitamins and minerals, there are a variety of supplements created just for ocular health. We can help you choose a supplement that will best suit your needs. Talk to your optometrist at Willoughby Doctors of Optometry at your annual eye exam.
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