Does Diet Affect Eye Health?

While almost everyone knows that a well-balanced nutritious diet is better for health than high-calorie meals rich in fats, sweets, and processed foods, not everyone knows what foods are best to promote healthy eyes and eyesight. Vision Source, affiliated with Family Vision Center P.A., has been serving families in the Wellington, FL, area since 1966, and we encourage our patients to eat better to ensure healthy eyes and eyesight.

We offer a full range of services, including pediatric care and lifetime support for vision and eye problems.

Eating Right

Are there certain foods that are better than others? The answer is a resounding yes!

Here are the four healthy food categories that promote better vision and lasting eye health:

Vitamin C

Kid favorites include citrus fruits, watermelon, broccoli, kale, strawberries, bananas, and cantaloupe.

Vitamin E

Let them have sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, and pine nuts as snacks. Avocado, salmon, tuna fish, mangoes, and kiwis are excellent sources.

Omega-3 Fats

Most fish are in this category, along with grass-fed beef, red lentils, wild rice, eggs (particularly eggs from chickens fed flax, chis seed, and fish oil), winter squash, navy beans, and walnuts.

Foods rich in antioxidants

Dark chocolate, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, red cabbage, beans, beets, artichokes, and cereals are also available.

Encourage Children to Love “Good Food”

While there’s nothing wrong with an occasional fast food burger, fries, or occasional cookies and milkshakes, a diet rich in the right vitamins and nutrients can be life-changing.

If you’d like more information on how to reap the benefits for your children’s eyes, schedule an appointment now with one of our highly qualified Vision Source professionals.

Best Foods to Offer Children

Put the focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, whole grain breads and cereals, and nuts. Limit sweets and sugary soft drinks.

Encourage your kids to try healthy new foods and to eat regular meals so they don’t turn to snack foods for energy. They’ll reap the rewards of healthy eyes at their next vision checkup.

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