A feast for your eyes – top foods for healthy eyes
A healthy diet is something many of us strive to achieve at the start of the New Year. As well as improving your general health, good nutrition also has a direct impact on our eye health. Studies have shown that by regularly eating fruit, veg, oily fish, eggs and nuts, your are boosting the amount of Vitamins A, B2, C and E as well as Omega 3 and Antioxidants can improve the health of your eyes in the long term, reducing the risk of diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
Carrots and Sweet Potato: Both contain beta carotene which is transformed into vitamin A in the body and protects the eye from infection.
Spinach: Leafy greens such as spinach & kale, are packed full of vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are said to reduce the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to macular degeneration.
Broccoli: Contains vitamin B12. A lack of vitamin B2 can make the eyes sensitive to light which can cause inflammation, blurred vision and ocular fatigue. Broccoli to prevent this.
Peppers: Are a rich source of vitamins A, C and B6, lutein, zeaxanathin, lycopene and beta-carotene, all of which are essential for maintaining the overall health of the eyes.
Avocado: They contains lutein, beta-carotene plus vitamins C, B6 and E which are essential to protect eyes from oxidative stress damage.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in salmon, eggs and nuts such as almonds and walnuts, help to keep the eyes from drying out and the retina free from damage. Nuts also contain antioxidants, zinc and vitamin E which work to combat inflammation.
Blueberries: Finally, with their antioxidant properties, blueberries strengthen blood vessels in the back of the eye which also works to keep them free from inflammation-related diseases.
The human eye is a miracle of biological engineering which offers us our most precious of the senses: sight
Why is eye care important to have an eye exam every 2 years if I don’t need glasses?
You’re eyes are amazing cannot be replaced. Eyes don’t usually let you know that something is wrong, most changes happen gradually.
Regular eye exams are important to pick up any change as soon as possible, to make sure any problems can be treated before it affects vision or becomes difficult to treat. The eye test is detailed and tailored to your specific requirements, designed to check the full range of your visual function and screen for any eye disease or disorders.
The eye exam detects many conditions earlier than waiting for symptoms to appear. We don’t just check whether you can read the letter chart or need glasses, we can detect a number of underlying health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, brain tumours, glaucoma and cataract.
We believe that technology helps us to provide exceptional eye care. For over 35 years we have invested in the latest diagnostic equipment and continue to do so today. We offer all our patients OCT, Ocular Coherence Tomography, enabling our Optometrist to detect evidence of sight threatening conditions in the deeper structure of the eye.
Being an Independent practice means we can spend time with our patients in order to thoroughly examine the health of their eyes using the very latest technology, tailoring the perfect optical solution to their needs.