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VISION & NUTRITION
Optometrists are now expanding their traditional role to include other areas that affect eye health, such as nutrition. Research has shown that nutrition can impact the development of cataracts, myopia progression, dry eyes and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Please bear in mind that cataracts and AMD are the two leading causes of blindness and visual impairment.

Nutrition is particularly important, given that currently treatment options after diagnosis for these eye diseases are limited.

Many landmark studies with astounding conclusions show clearly that vitamin supplements and eating lots of fruits and vegetables slow down the progression of degenerative diseases of the eye and the rest of the body. The evidence is so compelling that most eye care professionals, ourselves included, recommend patients take a full-spectrum vitamin supplement to support optimal eye health and, of course, optimal health for the whole body.




THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD NUTRITION
Good nutrition is very important for both your general and eye health. Good nutrition helps our body to grow, repair wear and tear, protect against infection, protect against cancer and to function properly. A vitamin supplement and a good diet, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, may help protect against macular degeneration and age-related cataracts in later life.



VITAMINS AND THE EYE
Vitamins and the eye Vitamins, which contain antioxidants, have been linked with good eye health in various studies and clinical trials. They help to maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye.

The main focus has been on the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. The carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha/beta carotene, and lycopene. The minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. The phytochemical anthocyandin, bilberry, lipoic acid, ginko biloba and grape seed. These vitamins can be found in many different sources of fruit and vegetables such as oranges, kiwis, dried apricots, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, spinach. They can also be found in nuts, seeds, dairy products and eggs. Unfortunately you cannot eat enough of these fruits and vegetables to get exactly what your body requires - you must supplement with a nutritional supplement.

Key points for healthy eyes:

  • Take a nutritional supplement as recommended
  • Eat a good, balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Discuss how to improve your eye health with our optometrists
  • Get your eyes tested at least every 6 months and more frequently if necessary


 
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