At the start of a New Year how many of us make resolutions about our health and our diets? But few people recognise how much what we eat and drink affects the health of our eyes and vision.

The idea of carrots being good for your eyes has very little basis in fact but there are food types and nutrients that have been proved to be of definite benefit to your eyes. Leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli) and oily fish (mackerel, tuna, sardines) contain many of these elements and which our bodies cannot make for themselves.

Essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, are only obtained from our diet but the balance is often wrong and we consume more Omega-6 than -3 whereas it should be the other way around. As Omega-3 is well known to be of benefit in cases of dry eye and macular degeneration, it is important that we get the balance right.

Certain vitamins and minerals can protect cells in the eye from damage by UV light, pollution and other factors but cannot be stored in the body.

There are also other nutrients, called carotenoids and anti-oxidants, which have been shown to have a crucial role in vision and protection of macular health. A recent worldwide study has proved their benefit in reducing the effects of macular degeneration and they are now recommended by all leading ophthalmologists.

For many people the diet choices and quantities of these foodstuffs needed to obtain the recommended daily intake of these nutrients is not acceptable or achievable. Fortunately there is now a wide choice of diet supplements that can help us all have healthier, more comfortable eyes and look after our vision for the future.

At David Bull Optometrists we offer the leading brands of these supplements and will be happy to discuss them and advise which, if any, would be of benefit to you. Please feel free to ask us.

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