Maintaining healthy eyes across the Triangle requires following several good habits, including getting an annual vision exam, using sunglasses outside and wearing protective goggles for work and sports. In addition to those healthy practices, a basic building block for eye health is consuming foods that help the eyes. We need Vitamins A, C and E, plus several other nutrients, to have the healthiest eyes. To help Triangle area patients, remember the important foods we all need. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology has developed three colorful categories that should be in everyone’s daily diet.
Foods in these three-color groups provide essential nutrients to the eyes:
- Green: Vegetables, the greener the better, provide Vitamins A and C to the eyes. Some of the best green vegetables for the eyes are kale, spinach, collards, turnip greens, broccoli and brussels sprouts. They also give the body lutein, which can protect eyes from macular degeneration.
- Orange: Carrots are great for the eyes as most everyone knows, but so are other orange-colored foods, including oranges and citrus. The orange-hued category also includes sweet potatoes as well. Both carrots and sweet potatoes serve up beta carotene, the nutrient that converts to Vitamin A in the body.
- Red and pink: Raw red bell peppers provide even more Vitamin C per serving than oranges. The anti-oxidant properties of Vitamin C are beneficial to both eye health and general physical health. Salmon, plus other oily fishes like sardines, is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Some research has shown that these fatty acids may play a role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration and dry eyes.
Remember green, orange, red and pink. These foods are great ways to build a diet that promotes eye health. The professional and friendly staff at Park Ophthalmology will gladly help patients learn even more ways to maintain vision care. Call the office today to schedule an eye examination.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision health is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)
Durham, NC 27713
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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27615
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