Healthy eyes start at home, and one of the best places to begin is the kitchen. If you live in Kansas City, Missouri, and would like to learn more about eye procedures to preserve your vision, Silverstein Eye Centers can help you determine the best treatment options for your eye health.

    Many of the foods you eat for good heart health can also lead to better vision. Your eyes depend on unrestricted blood flow for best performance, with a good diet reducing the risk of eye disorders like dry eyes and cataracts. It’s important to eat foods high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients like:

    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E
    • Omega-3 fatty acids
    • Zinc

    Thus, the typical cornerstones of a balanced diet apply to optimal optical abilities: lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean meat and fish, while avoiding excessive fats and sweets. Examples of ideal foods to keep your eyes healthy include:

    • Vegetables: Spinach (and other leafy greens), avocados, broccoli, orange bell peppers
    • Fruits: Grapes, cherries and many types of berries, including blueberries, blackberries and strawberries
    • Eggs
    • Nuts, especially walnuts and almonds
    • Salmon and other cold-water fish (herring, mackerel, sardines)
    • Tea
    • Soy

    By observing this healthy diet, you can not only help your heart and eyes but reduce the chance of developing diabetes. Diabetes has many negative health consequences, one of which is diabetic retinopathy. If diabetes isn’t controlled, it can damage blood vessels in the retina and lead to permanent vision loss.

    To learn more about the vision treatments offered by our Kansas City eye doctors, please contact Silverstein Eye Centers today to schedule a consultation.

    Posted November 23, 2013 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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