Nutrient-rich Foods Can Benefit Eye Health By Gordon Wong, OD on January 12, 2016

An eye chart through the view of a pair of eyeglassesThe body is an amazing instrument, but it can be easy to take it for granted. It is important to remember to appreciate the body, and all of its parts, and provide it with the care it needs to ensure a long and healthy lifespan. When it comes to eye health, there are several things that can be done to preserve the health and function of the eyes. Eye exams to monitor eye health are important, as they allow eye doctors to identify any complications or problems that may require treatment. However, there are steps that can be taken at home to care for the eyes as well. This care can be as simple as including nutrient-rich foods in your diet. While nothing can replace the benefits of professional eye care, such as that provided at GW Eye Associates Inc, these foods are good for the eyes and can help our San Diego patients to preserve eye health and prevent potentially damaging eye diseases.

Spinach, Kale, and other Leafy Greens

Antioxidants are extremely beneficial when it comes to preventing eye damage, particularly damage related to the sun, smoke, or air pollution. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are able to get into the lens and retina of the eye where they can absorb harmful light rays. A diet that includes leafy greens can help in the prevention of age-related eye diseases.

Oranges and Grapefruit

Another nutrient that is beneficial to the eyes is vitamin C, which can be found in citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits, as well as in strawberries and even brussel sprouts. Although it’s primarily known as an immune booster, vitamin C has also been shown to strengthen the tissues of the body, and can minimize the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Nuts and Wheat Germ

Vitamin E helps to promote eye health by protecting the cells in the eyes from free radicals, and by slowing the progression of damaging eye diseases, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Individuals looking to increase their intake of vitamin E should consume more nuts, seeds, or wheat germ.

Salmon and Tuna

Salmon, tuna, and most other types of fish are high in essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are vital to visual development and are also believed to play a key role in retinal function. A diet that is rich in essential fatty acids may also help to prevent dry eyes.


The old wives’ tales are true; carrots are good for the eyes. These vegetables, along with sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, and leafy greens, are rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene has been shown to strengthen the eyes by improving night vision.

All of these nutrient-rich foods can help to promote good eye health while aiding in the prevention of eye diseases. However, no diet can replace the care of a skilled eye doctor. So, while it is a good idea to consume a balanced diet that is rich in beneficial nutrients, patients should also remember to schedule regular eye exams in order to closely monitor eye health so that any necessary care can be provided.

Contact Us

If you are looking for quality eye care from caring and experienced eye doctors, look no further than GW Eye Associates Inc. Our team of doctors offer a comprehensive range of eye care services to help you maintain the health and function of your eyes. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our services.

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Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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