The Norwood Laser Eye Care Specialists: What Food Gives You Supervision?

At Eye Care Specialists in Norwood, laser surgery is our specialty—but so is eye health. One of the best ways to prevent eye disease is by the foods you eat. Everyone knows that carrots can improve the health of your eyes, but there are other foods and nutrients that may be even more important for keeping your eyesight in tiptop shape as you grow older. These powerhouse foods contain vitamin C and E, lutein, zinc, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids. With these nutrients you’ll be more likely to fight vision loss as your eyes degenerate with age, which can lead to cataracts and clouding of the eye lens. Here, the Norwood Laser Eye Care Specialists present some of the best foods around to keep eyes healthy:


Vitamin C is among the best antioxidants for your eyes, and these foods among the top sources for the nutrient. You should try and eat half a grapefruit and a handful of strawberries (one-half cup) or Brussels sprouts a day. Green peppers, oranges, and papaya are other good nutritional sources for vitamin C.


Kale and Spinach


Antioxidants are known to protect the eyes from exposure to chemicals in cigarette smoke and air pollution, and even the harmful UV rays of sunlight. Kale and spinach are loaded with two of the very best antioxidants for your eyes, zeaxanthin and lutein. When consumed, they protect the retina and lens of the eye by absorbing damaging visible light.

On the whole, most people are lacking these two nutrients in their diet, but that can be easily remedied. One way to help lower your risk of age-related eye disease is incorporating a cooked 10-ounce block of frozen spinach into the foods you eat over the course of a week. Brightly-colored fruits (like grapes and kiwis), broccoli, and collard greens are just some of the other foods that also contain these nutrients.


Oysters, Turkey, and Crabs


In just two oysters, you can get the full recommended dose of daily zinc that keeps your retinas strong and healthy. Another way is by eating a turkey sandwich, or with other meats. And don’t forget to load up on peanuts, eggs and whole grains.


Herring, Salmon, and Seeds


You’ve heard that omega-3 fatty acids can keep your brain and heart healthy, but did you also know that the nutrient may also protect your eyes by helping cells work better and by fighting inflammation? It’s true, try two serving of cold-water fish a week, like salmon, sardines, and herring. These fish have the most omega-3s, but don’t exclude tuna, flounder, and halibut, which are also good sources.


Carrots, Sweet Potato, and Pumpkins


As mentioned above, carrots are known for their positive effect on vision because they are loaded with vitamin A and beta carotene. But really, most deep orange and yellow vegetables and fruits contain these nutrients, and should be enjoyed regularly. Try fitting a carrot, small sweet potato, or bowl of warm pumpkin soup into your daily meals. Kale, red pepper, and  winter squash are other great places to get your vitamin A fix.


Wheat Germ, Nuts, and Seeds


To strengthen your tissue, you need to consume foods with Vitamins C and E. Most people don’t get enough vitamin E from food, so it’s good to have a small handful of sunflower seeds when on the go, or use a tablespoon of wheat germ oil in your salad dressing. Try incorporating vegetable oils, almonds, and vegetable oils into foods also, for a big boost of vitamin E.


For more information on eye health or to contact the Norwood Laser Eye Care Specialists to schedule an appointment, contact us at 781-769-8880.