Did you know that eating a nutritious diet can help your eye health? Our Ardmore optometry center, Ardmore Premier Eyecare, is celebrating Fruits & Veggies: More Matters Month in September by encouraging all of our patients to increase their produce intake to help keep their eyes healthy.
Fruits, Veggies, and Eye Health
There are many different nutrients in fruits and veggies that work to protect your eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in spinach, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and broccoli. These two optometry powerhouse nutrients help to protect your eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts. Vitamin C is another nutrient that’s key for keeping your eyes healthy. Its immune-boosting properties help to keep your eyes free of disease. Make sure you’re getting your fill of Vitamin C from citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and limes. We all know that carrots are often touted for helping vision, and this is due to their high concentration of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. These nutrients actually help to protect the cornea, or surface of the eye, making it key for optimal eye health. Vitamin A is found in high concentrations in orange fruits and veggies, such as sweet potatoes, orange bell peppers, squash, and of course, carrots.
Tips To Keep Your Eyes Healthy
While eating plenty of different fruits and veggies is a great way to keep your eyes protected against disease, it’s important that you protect your eyes against environmental dangers as well. Wear sunglasses regularly, wear gear that protects your eyes when you play sports, and if you wear contacts, make sure to change them regularly, as well as give your eyes a break by wearing glasses from time to time.
Contact Our Ardmore Optometrist to Schedule an Appointment
While eating fruits and veggies is a great way to protect your eyes, it’s important to also have regular eye exams. Call our Ardmore optometry center, Ardmore Premier Eyecare, at 580-223-8585 to set up an appointment today.