Eye Nutrition in La Mesa

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Taking Care of Your Body & Eyes

At La Mesa Optometry, we implement nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle into our vision care philosophy. Our doctors believe that these crucial aspects of wellness all work together and play a big role in our vision and eye health.

Consistently getting your essential nutrients can help prevent disease and illness while maintaining and improving the general functions of your eyes. The typical western diet can neglect these essential nutrients, so it’s important to monitor your diet and adjust it as needed.

At La Mesa Optometry, our doctors take your lifestyle into account and prepare a personalized eye nutrition plan that can get the most out of your vision. Contact us to book an eye exam and dive deeper into your eye nutrition today.

Putting Your Eye Health First

Eating well has several benefits—one specifically related to vision is contributing to a healthy macular pigment. A healthy macular pigment is important for having accurate vision, healthy eyes, and preventing eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration.

The good news is that you can incorporate essential nutrients into your everyday diet to eat well and take care of your body and eyes simultaneously.

Our doctors at La Mesa Optometry believes that your dietary choices are an important aspect of eye care, and your eye doctor can help recommend the food choices that can maximize your eye health.

Getting Your Essential Nutrients

Your diet can play a big role in your overall health as well as your eye health. While many essential nutrients can be found in a balanced diet, we recommend supplements like EyePromise to help ensure you receive an appropriate quantity and quality.

Let’s explore some eye healthy nutrients and what foods you can find them in.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help lower the risk of developing cataracts and, when combined with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

You can get your daily dose of vitamin C from foods like:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Strawberries
  • Green peppers
  • Tomatoes

Vitamin E helps protect cells in the eyes from unstable molecules known as free radicals, which break down healthy tissue.

Some good food sources for Vitamin E include:

  • Nuts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Vegetable oils

Lutein and zeaxanthin can help reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. Some good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin include:

  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Tangerines

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for visual development and eye function. Some excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Other cold-water fish

Injecting your diet with omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation, enhance tear production, and support the eye’s oily outer layer to fight against dry eye syndrome.

Preserving Your Long-Term Eye Health

Everyone’s eyes are unique and require the maintenance to match. Adjusting your diet to include essential nutrients is a simple yet effective way to help preserve your long-term eye health and offer an extra layer of protection against potential eye issues.

Our doctors can help you develop an eye nutrition plan that works for you! Schedule an appointment today to get started.

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Heights Optometry

  • 3404 Adams Ave
  • San Diego, CA 92116

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  • 3068 University Ave
  • San Diego, CA 92104

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  • 8321 La Mesa Blvd
  • La Mesa, CA 91942

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