Healthy Vision Month
Taking care of your eyes now,
will pay off later!
Most everyone knows that diet plays a large part in our heart health. But...did you know, a similar diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, makes for healthy eyes too!
A Heart AND Eye Healthy Diet!
Studies have shown a direct relation between diet and eye health. There are lots of great food choices to keep your eyes healthy and to help prevent eye disease as you get older.
A diet rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, often found in dark leafy vegetables such as spinich and kale, have had positive effects toward the prevention of cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and lemons. Scientists have found your eyes need relatively high levels of vitamin C to function properly.
Many cold-water fish like salmon, tuna, halibut, and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of AMD later in life.
Other foods found to enhance your eye health include foods containing zinc such as oysters, lean red meat, beans, and black-eyed peas. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.
Regular Comprehensive Eye Exams
Eye Care Specialists would like to remind you to make your eye health a priority! Regular, comprehensive, dilated eye exams are necessary for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye disease. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, do not show symptoms until the disease has already progressed. Visit the links provided below to for a recommended schedule of eye exams and for tips on living an eye-healthy life!
If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Eye Care Specialists, please contact one of our main office locations. For Poplar Bluff or Piedmont, call 573-686-5579 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Stuckenschneider. If you are in the Cape Girardeau area, please call 573-335-3577 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn Mangano.