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Foods to help improve & keep good vision

In honor of April being “World Health Month,” it’s important to know which foods can truly help our eyes.

Are you eating the right foods to keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong? According to Health.com you are if you are eating these foods:

Leafy greens have antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin, which can lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts according to recent studies. So that salad isn’t just good for those looking to lose weight, it’s also good for your overall vision.

Eggs are also a great source for these antioxidants. They also have zinc which can help reduce your risk for macular degeneration, according to Paul Dougherty, MD, of Dougherty Laser Vision in Los Angeles.

Food with vitamin C, especially berries and citrus, have also been discovered to reduce your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. So when you’re eating eggs for breakfast make sure to have a glass of orange juice with it!

Another great vitamin to fight your risk of macular degeneration is vitamin E. Almonds are a great source of vitamin E and the best part is that one handful is roughly half of your recommended daily intake.

Food rich in DHA, such as fatty fish like salmon, tuna, anchovies and trout can help you fight dry eye syndrome. Low levels of DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina, have been linked to dry eye syndrome according to Jimmy Lee, MD, of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

So as you worry about bikini season that is right around the corner, don’t forget to eat the foods that will keep your eyes healthy too. Eating these foods now can reduce your risk of eye problems later.

If you have been having vision problems or due for a checkup, please contact the eye care professionals at Performance Eyecare. We are also St. Louis’ premier eyeglass, sunglass and contact lens resource.

Original article: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20680738_1,00.html