Healthy Foods & Your Eye Health

Commonly held wisdom says all it takes is a carrot to maintain perfect vision. But it actually takes more than a single veggie to boost your eye health. Magruder Laser Vision has been teaching patients about the connection between healthy foods and eye health and providing LASIK to patients at risk for eye damage. Bright sunlight, smoke, and air pollution can work against eye health and older people are especially at risk. Certain vitamins and nutrients that are found in food sources are an excellent way to fight against the effects of cataracts and vision loss, including macular degeneration.

Antioxidants are a powerful force that protects your eye health, especially those found in spinach and kale: lutein and zeaxanthin. Just a couple of ounces of spinach a day can help lower your risk of age-related eye conditions. You can also get more of the nutrients by enjoying servings of collard greens, broccoli, and fruits like kiwis and grapes.

Vitamins C and E are especially vital for keeping eye tissue healthy. Grapefruit, strawberries and Brussel sprouts contain Vitamin C, as do other fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E is often overlooked in diet but add a little vegetable oil to a salad or snack on sunflower seeds and nuts and you’ll get your daily dose.

Zinc is another key nutrient for eye health. Slurp down some fresh oysters or enjoy sliced turkey as well as eggs and other meats to help protect your retinas from damage.

Chew on something orange, like carrots, sweet potatoes or pumpkin for beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A to protect against night blindness.

If you’re at risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), try Age-Related Eye Disease Studies supplements that contain key nutrients that not everyone gets from diet alone. AREDS supplements should only be taken if recommended by an eye doctor, like the experts at Magruder Laser Vision, who provide a variety of LASIK services in Orlando.

In 1996, Orlando LASIK provider and ophthalmologist Dr. Magruder opened his practice and introduced locals to Central Florida’s first refractive surgery center. Since then, he has continued to innovate by introducing game-changing technology and pursuing ongoing education to master the latest techniques. To learn more about LASIK procedures at Magruder Laser Vision, call us at (407) 843-5665 or read our blog for more information!