This week is Nutrition and Hydration week, an awareness week used to highlight the importance of eating the right foods and staying hydrated.

Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health, including your eyes. Nutrients such as Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamins A, C and E, and Omega-3 fatty acids help to maintain eye function, protect your eyes from harmful light and reduce the development of age-related eye conditions.

These nutrients and vitamins can be found in a range of fruit and vegetables.

  • Leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great sources of lutein and zeaxanthin and can be consumed cooked or raw.
  • Orange coloured fruit and vegetables contain beta-carotene, which is a type of vitamin A. Vitamin A supports the function of the cornea.
  • Citrus fruits and berries are a good source of vitamin C. These are antioxidants and help to lower the risk of age-related eye conditions developing.
  • Oily fish like salmon and tuna are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce age-related macular degeneration.
  • Egg yolks are another good source of lutein and zeaxanthin and are best consumed with natural fats like avocado.

Staying hydrated is incredibly important, and it is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. When you become dehydrated people often experience symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and blurry vision.

Another symptom of dehydration is dry eyes. This occurs due to tears either being insufficient or missing components, causing the tears to break up prematurely leaving eyes dry and sore. Your eyes can also become dry throughout the day due to air conditioning, heating, and prolonged use of digital devices. Taking regular breaks from screens, moving away from air conditioning and heat sources, and using eye drops throughout the day will help to keep your eyes feeling hydrated.

For more information about dry eyes and other eye conditions contact your local Bush Opticians today.

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