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Many people do not realize how making healthy eating choices impacts your overall health immensely, especially your eye health. A great deal of people do not think they have eye problems, or need to improve their eye conditions. “How do you know?” Well, the first step you can take is getting a general eye exam to assess the condition of your eye.  A simple eye exam can help detect and prevent vision problems. Taking the initiative to get your eyes checked can help manage and lower the risk of eye problems before they can become more of a hassle. One of the most important steps in learning how to improve your eye health and prevent eye issues is having healthy eating habits.

Are you getting all the proper nutrients your eyes need? Doctors were not kidding when they said, “Eat right to protect your sight!” It’s very important to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially the greens such as broccoli, spinach, and brussel sprouts. These healthy eating habits will give you all the nutrients your body needs in order to maintain a healthy eyesight, and even improve other bodily functions. There are many properties in these fruits, vegetables, and some fish that are needed.

Foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats needed to help maintain and support the body’s system.  They have been known to slow down some diseases of the retina and macular degeneration, which is the most prominent cause of vision loss and blindness. The top foods that contain high Omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, and soybeans. Vitamin E also helps protects against macular degeneration and development of cataracts as well.  Other important nutrients you need to intake are vitamin C and Zinc. Not only should you be taking daily doses of vitamin C as a way to improve your overall health, it is also a big part of protecting the eye from damaging UV rays. Furthermore, Zinc has been found to protect the retina cells. The retina forms the focusing screen at the back of your eye. Foods that are high in Zinc are black-eyed peas, milk, and poultry such as beef and chicken.

Schedule a doctors appointment now to make sure your eyes are in good health and ask East Northport Medical Care any other questions you may have in helping your eyes and general health.