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We hope we at All In One Opticians can help you understand why regular eye checks are important. Here is why we think a regular eye test at All In One Opticians should be a vital part of your health routine.

Your diet and your eyes

You are what you eat.

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Several studies have shown that diet and health have a direct impact on lowering the risk of cataract and macular degeneration. One study in the UK showed that people eating more than the five-a-day recommendation of fruit and vegetables had better eye-sight. The national average is about 2 to 3 portions a day.

The two key elements - lutein and zeaxanthin often found together in many, usually dark-coloured, fruits and vegetables – are natural anti-oxidants and mop up or neutralise free radicals in the eyes that cause cell damage. Free radical damage to the eye is often caused by overexposure to UV radiation.

Antioxidants are more abundant in raw form and are loss through the cooking, canning, drying, and freezing. Obtaining too much of these antioxidants will also cause different negative effects, so it is a must to be watchful of amounts taken.

Vitamins A, C and E and minerals like zinc and selenium are also key in protecting your eyes and helping preserve good vision as you age.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant essential to proper functioning of the retina and is made from animals which includes liver and eggs and in fruits and vegetables like carrots and spinach. It also helps prevent night blindness by helping the eye to adapt between bright light and darkness.

Vitamin C is a super vitamin that strengthens your bones and muscles, keeps your immune system in good shape, keeps our teeth and gums healthy, reduces the risk of many diseases and it is no surprise that it is essential to keeping the eyes healthy. Vitamin C, as we all know cannot only be found in citrus fruits and of course orange juice, but also green peppers, strawberries, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin E is another antioxidant that helps delay cataract growth. The best sources of Vitamin E are nuts, green leafy vegetables, and fortified products such as cereal.

Selenium and Zinc are two key minerals that help the oxidation process. They help the body absorb antioxidants and getting daily values of these minerals help antioxidants in the prevention of eye diseases. Zinc can be found in cheese, yogurt, red meat, pork, and certain fortified cereals. Selenium can be found in walnuts, enriched breads and rice, and macaroni and cheese. As with antioxidants, getting too much of these minerals can cause problems.