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nutrition american woman pear apple greenWe’re Shelburne’s holistic approach to eye care. That’s why in addition to high-tech diagnostics and thorough consultations, we provide all of our patients with natural, preventative solutions to eye care problems.

Our doctors are passionate about equipping you with the knowledge you need to take the best possible care of your eyes. One of the ways we do that is by talking about the positive effect good nutrition can have on your eyes.

The Doctors at Shelburne Primary EyeCare Emphasize Eye Nutrition

Nutrition is a vital part of maintaining vision and overall eye health, with many expert studies suggesting that up to 25% of all nutrient intake goes to supporting our invaluable visual system. Beyond your eyes, this system also includes the nerves, blood vessels and parts of the brain that help to obtain and interpret the images that we see. Excellent overall eye health also helps prevent potentially vision threatening eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as minor conditions, such as dry eye.

Maintaining a balanced diet is an essential part of proper nutrition. Whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, are very important and will help the body to receive and absorb nutrients that play an essential part in eye and vision health. Intake of sweets and other junk foods should also be limited, since the body loses chromium and B vitamins as it attempts to process white sugar, and medications, preservatives and caffeine all deplete vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy eyes and vision.

Health experts have recommended specific foods that have proven to help keep your eyes healthy and your vision good. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and brussels sprouts, as well as dark berries like blueberries and blackberries can protect against serious illnesses such as macular degeneration, a very serious eye condition that is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be obtained from salmon and tuna, have proven to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the eyes, which, along with proper control of blood sugar can also protect against diabetic retinopathy. Wheat grass has also proven effective in the boosting of immune systems and reducing the chances of developing all diseases, including those that affect the eyes.

Unfortunately, not all of us have an easy time eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day. In this case, health professionals recommend incorporating at least one fruit or vegetable smoothie per day into your overall diet, which will allow you to get the required amount of greens per day in one easy meal or snack. Nutrients tend to absorb more quickly and effectively into the body in a liquid form, since the body does not have to work as hard to break it down.

Eating your way to good eye and visual health is easy with the right motivation and information. To learn more, contact your eye doctor today.

Nutrients to Aid and Strengthen Your Eyes

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for your body in a number of ways; one of them being that they can help prevent dry eye. Cold water fish like salmon and herring are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re not a fan of seafood, you can also get your dose from walnuts and flax seeds.


Zinc is unusual in that it helps other vitamins work harder for you. For example, it can make vitamin A more effective in reducing the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. Zinc can be found in beef, oysters, and dark turkey meat.


These remarkable nutrients may protect your eyes against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Carotenoids can be found in a wide variety of delicious foods including fruits, vegetables and eggs.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A can help to protect your eyes against dry eye and night blindness. Fruits and vegetable are all good sources of vitamin A.

Vitamin C

In addition to boosting your immune system, vitamin C may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. You can find vitamin C in a large variety of fruits and vegetables, including kale, oranges, broccoli, and strawberries.