Ophthalmologists, optometrists and certified opticians all work hard to keep their patients’ eyes healthy, but the patient has a responsibility to maintain their visual health, as well. You can keep your eyes healthy by wearing sunglasses to protect them, taking regular eye exams, having frequent breaks when working at a computer screen and by eating right. Many eye doctors recommend eating certain foods. Vision Care Associates talks about four of them:
Green, Leafy, Vegetables – Leafy greens, particularly dark green vegetables like collard greens, spinach and kale, are rich in both vitamins E and C. They also have the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein and these plant-based forms of vitamin A can lower your risk of long-term eye diseases. Ordinary Western diets typically don’t have enough greens, so you need to compensate.
Poultry and Lean Meat – Beef, pork and chicken are a good source of zinc. Zinc brings vitamin A to your retina, where it’s used to make melanin. If you want a lot of zinc in your diet, however, go for oysters. Oysters have more zinc per serving than any other kind of food. As an emergency eye care services provider, we recommend them to keep your eyes healthy.
Salmon and Other Fatty Fish – Your retinas need two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids to work right, namely, EPA and DHA. You can find both of these kinds in fatty fish like trout, tuna and salmon. Omega-3 acids can also protect your eyes from glaucoma and AMD. Additionally, low levels of omega-3 acids have been linked to dry eyes.
Orange-Colored Fruits and Vegetables – Sweet potatoes, mangos, apricots, cantaloupe and carrots are high in beta-carotene. This is a form of vitamin A that can help you with your night vision. In addition, eating just one sweet potato will provide you with more than half the vitamin C you need in a day while also getting a bit of vitamin E.
Our optical services include treatment and management of common eye diseases, prescribing contact lenses and eyeglasses, and performing comprehensive eye exams. We have helped patients in our community for over 50 years and our modern facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Call us at (304) 315-6055 if you are in Parkersburg or at (304) 808-1209 if you are in Spencer. We serve Parkersburg, WV, and nearby areas.