By Dr. Nadine Shelton
Eating with eye health in mind
It is common within my circle, with many other people and as far as we all can remember that carrots are good for your eye health. As it is the start of the New Year, many of us tend to review personal health and renew healthy choices and habits. Consider a resolution to eat better to improve your eye health. There are many different natural foods available that are better than carrots to improve your eye health. Certainly, carrots are a good source of vitamin A, as a result leafy green vegetables are the better choice. I support incorporating the following list of foods to my patients in order to improve their macular (the sensitive part of the eye that causes sight to be realized) health.
Healthy food for your eye health
1. Omega-3: found in fish and seafood;
2. Lutein and Zeaxanthin: found in leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, peas, pumpkin, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn, beans;
3. Zinc: found in oysters, seafood, nuts and legumes;
4. Vitamin E: found in nuts and whole grains;
5. Vitamin C: found in citrus fruit, berries and tomatoes; and
6. Selenium: found in nuts (especially Brazil nuts).
Change your diet to include these healthy nutrients into your diet. Incorporating a few of these ingredients into your regular daily meals will help to ensure good macular health into the future. Remember to see your optometrist every one to two years to monitor your ocular health.
Eye Care Advice
Visit me, free of charge at nv eye care eye wear, to find out about more foods that can help your eyes. Or to learn more specifics on the ones I’ve suggested. Patient visits with eye concerns are always covered by Manitoba Health, for those with a Manitoba Health number. For more answers to your vision health questions, please contact me, Dr. Nadine Shelton at nv eye care eye wear, 204-504-6863.
Dr. Nadine Shelton B.Sc, O.D. studied at University of Winnipeg, Canada and Indiana University, USA. She has worked abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico assisting outreach patient eye care with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Her university days focused on early child eye care and low vision. Dr. Shelton has spent almost nine years in South St.Vital growing her practice. She has recently opened her new own practice with her partner Victor Lopes in the heart of the Corydon Village called nv. nv is a full service optical where eye exams are available and a great selection of unique to the city eye wear can be found. Learn more at nvmyeyes.com, call us at (204) 504-6863 or come see us at 100-698 Corydon Ave in Winnipeg, Canada.