In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and the coming Spring weather, it’s time to think GREEN! Green grass, green vegetables, and green leprechauns (maybe green glasses?)
Good Nutrition for Healthy Eyes (Think “GREEN” veggies)
Some people don’t believe that fruits and vegetables can help keep their eyes healthy and their vision strong. But we want to tell you that brightly colored fruits and veggies actually can help protect against certain eye diseases! Eating healthy and eating food containing the right kind of nutrients and vitamins can be extremely beneficial for your eyes.
Antioxidants are particularly important for eye and vision health because they inhibit damage to the eyes, particularly in the retina and lens. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two types of antioxidants that can be beneficial for protecting your eyes from macular degeneration, a condition that causes vision loss. So, keep in mind that when you buy your vitamins, you should try to get some packed with lutein and zeaxanthin!
We want to ensure that your diet and nutrition are helping your eyes more than damaging them. If you have any other questions on how to eat healthy to protect your eyes and vision, give us a call.
Top 10 Ways Families Can Practice “Going Green”
- Respect all living things
- Participate in fun, educational environmental activities
- Take walks in nature
- Reduce consumption (turn off lights, use both sides of the paper, reduce shower time)
- Use items that can be reused, rather than disposed
- Recycle as much as possible
- Eat fresh, organic foods made from the Earth (consider getting kids involved in cooking)
- Donate items you no longer need
- Bike, walk, or use public transportation, when possible, instead of driving
- Help clean up the Earth