Fruits & Veggies and How They Impact Vision: More Matters Month
Your eyes are vital organs that your body cannot do without and should never be taken for granted. Adding fruits and veggies to your meals can help provide protection against critical eye diseases and assist in maintaining your overall eye health. Optometrists at Total Eyecare in Elko, Nevada, strongly care about your eyesight. We recommend that you consume foods rich in various vitamins and minerals - otherwise known as antioxidants. Here are some of them and the impact they have on your eye health.
Types of Antioxidants in Leafy Green Vegetables and Fruits
Antioxidants not only maintain the health of our tissues and cells but also that of our eyes. Among the two most essential compounds for your vision are lutein and zeaxanthin, which are prevalent in veggies such as kale. They work hand-in-hand with vitamin A and beta-carotene to prevent eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Red and orange foods such as sweet potatoes and carrots contain a natural compound known as beta-carotene. Your body converts this compound into vitamin A, which is known to reduce the risk of nyctalopia (night blindness).
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) also has a huge role to play when it comes to eye health. They maintain the collagen, which is a connective tissue located in your eye’s cornea. It is found in veggies like cantaloupe, potatoes, broccoli etc and fruits like citrus fruits, red berries, oranges and many more.
Total Eyecare is Here to Help! Contact Us Today
If you seek additional information on the importance of fruits and veggies or just basic optometry services, please book an appointment with our skilled optometrists at Total Eyecare. Among the services we provide to residents in Elko are complete eye exams, vision therapy and contact lens exams, eyeglasses and contacts, and pre-operative and post-operative care.
We provide personalized care and optometric attention with our state-of-the-art technology. You can alternatively stop by our offices in Elko, Nevada (which are open only on weekdays) or contact us at 775-738-8491. We are truly delighted to be at your service!