Caring for Your Eyes as You Age

Did you know protecting the health of your eyes becomes increasingly important as you age? Having just wrapped up September, the ‘Healthy Aging Month,’ we felt eye health was an important topic to highlight.

As we reach our forties, many of us begin to notice changes associated with focusing on nearby objects, such as the text in a book. When did they start printing so small?! That change, called presbyopia, can be corrected by reading glasses or bifocals.

Research reported by the Cleveland Sight Center indicates that a diet rich in deep green, leafy vegetables contributes to eye health, (as is suggested in Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Todd’s Super Food pyramid). Foods such as spinach, carrots, collard greens, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and blueberries contain Beta Carotene, Zinc, Copper, Vitamins C and E, as well as Lutein and Zeaxanthin.foodgoodforeyes300x225

Did you know that Lutein and Zeaxanthin play a particularly important role in protecting the health of your eyes? Being part of the carotenoid family, they are natural, fat soluble, yellowish pigments that can protect you against the toxic effects of high energy blue light radiation, ultra violet light and oxidation. They are also naturally present in your eyes, and are found in the macula. The macula is located in the center of the retina and is responsible for sharp vision needed to see details.

In an August 30, 2016 Wall Street Journal article, Dr. Rebecca Taylor, an ophthalmologist and a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, wrote that, “the most serious vision problem is age-related macular degeneration. There is no cure but prevention beginning with a healthy diet is the key.” She recommended that the nutrients listed above can help counteract declines in sight.

We know protecting your vision is important to you. Stop in and talk to your local Heinen’s Wellness Consultant to learn more healthy eating tips to protect your vision and learn about our vision support supplement that includes nutrients that are good for your eyes.

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