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Nutrition and Eye Health

Did you know that your diet can significantly impact your eye health? While some people might not think about the connection, eating certain foods and avoiding others can play a significant role in maintaining your vision by preventing diabetic eye conditions. Dr. Eklund at Wellington Eye Care provides quality eye care for residents in and around Fort Collins and Wellington, CO. We are here to help you choose the best dietary options to maintain and improve your eye health.

How Does Nutrition Affect Your Eye Health?

Maintaining an overall healthy diet can go a long way in promoting eye care and strong vision. Our eye doctor will recommend the following nutrients that stand out as being particularly good for your eyes.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vitamin that is essential for good vision. It helps protect the eyes from damage and produces collagen needed for proper eye health. Good vitamin C sources include citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, and strawberries.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

If you start losing your vision gradually, our optometrist will recommend omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for maintaining the retina's health. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids may include salmon, trout, walnuts, and flaxseeds.

Zinc

This nutrient is essential for good eye health. It can be used to prevent and treat eye infections. It plays a crucial role in immune function and is critical for developing new cells. Good sources of zinc include oysters, beef, lamb, liver, and seafood, including mussels and crab.

Vitamin E

This vitamin is essential for good vision and can help prevent age-related eye diseases. In addition to being an antioxidant, it helps protect the optic nerve from damage. It also supports immune function and keeps the retina healthy. Good sources of vitamin E include nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil, avocados, and leafy green vegetables.

Get More Healthy Nutrition Tips at Wellington Eye Care

 If you would like to know more about the critical vitamins and nutrients that prevent diabetic eye conditions and promote good eye health, contact Dr. Eklund at Wellington Eye Care. If you live in or around Wellington or Fort Collins and would like to speak with our optometrist, call our team today at (970) 568-7161 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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