Your Eyes Are Only as Healthy as Your Diet
What you eat affects your physical health, including your eye health. That shouldn't be a surprise. Yet many people aren't aware of just what they should eat to shore up eye health. There are specific nutrients that eyes need, and sometimes the sources aren't very intuitive. In Las Vegas, you can go to Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry to consult with an optometrist about how to eat to bolster your eye health.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two antioxidants that usually pair up in foods, and they are thought to play a major role in reducing the risk of developing macular degeneration. They're found in most leafy greens like spinach and kale, but they're also found in red grapes, pistachios, and egg yolks. If you don't like those foods or have a health condition that stops you from eating them, like an allergy, you can take a supplement.
Beta-carotene is a form of provitamin A carotenoid, basically a precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A is really what you want to get for eye health, but it is possible to have too much vitamin A in your diet. It's usually better to have the precursor version because those are stored in their precursor form and converted to vitamin A if needed. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids are found in carrots and spinach, among other vegetables.
Did you know zinc helps shuttle vitamin A around your body? Pumpkin seeds and meat are among those foods containing zinc. Vitamins E and C are also necessary, which are found primarily in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Omega-3 fatty acids also are necessary, with fish being among the best sources.
Go Over What You Eat with an Optometrist
In Las Vegas, you can contact Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry at LensCrafters (702-341-7254) and PearleVision (702-452-2020) locations.