Staff host in store Eye Health Day
Walnuts are good for the brain, tomatoes are good for the heart and ginger is good for the stomach, but, what about our eyes? Believe it or not, carrots aren’t the only food that can improve your eye health. Although most are aware of the importance that good nutrition plays in one’s overall health, Specsavers Henry Street have recognised the impact that a poor diet can have on our eye health.
Eye Health Day
In recognition of this the Henry Street store held an in house Eye Health Day, to provide information and advice to customers. Over the course of the day, staff were on hand to speak to customers about their nutrional choices and provided leaflets to those that were interested in further information.
Store director Peter McGrath explains ‘It is worth noting that what you eat does not affect the strength of glasses or contact lenses you need. However, having a poor diet may make you more likely to develop certain eye diseases, or may make you unable to wear contact lenses.’
As we go about our daily lives, harmful particles that are produced through normal biological processes are continually neutralised, resulting in a process called oxidation. Over a period of years, this oxidation can result in eye problems. One way to reduce the amount of oxidation that occurs is by eating lots of antioxidants.
Peter says, ‘Because our eyes are particularly prone to damage by oxidation, increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables and foods containing omega 3 essential fatty acids will greatly benefit our eye health’.
A staggering 50% of those who wear contact lenses suffer with dry eyes, causing symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation and blurred vision, to name but a few. Vitamin A, obtained from foods including milk, meat, fish, green leafy vegetables and yellow fruits are helpful in dry eye conditions, along with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and Vitamin C & E. Those who need to be particularly careful of dry eyes include diabetics, those who work with computers for a long period of time and those who work outside in the sun and wind. Air conditioning or hot blowing air can also cause dry eye symptoms.
Age related macular disease
Specsavers Henry Street recommends that fruit and vegetables are particularly important for reducing wear and tear at the back of the eyes. Age related macular disease is the name given to this degeneration. Peter states, ‘Green leafy vegetables are especially important, because they contain powerful antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin. Foods rich in both lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce your risk of the condition progressing and the effects of cataracts’.
Protect your eyes
There’s no denying that protecting your eyes can start with the food on your plate. Make the foods mentioned above staples to your diet and you will be eating your way to good eye sight in no time.
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