Blue Sky Eye Magazine 2020

good eats

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Today’s food sources are higher in trans fats and toxins. Thanks to an increase in processed foods such as refined wheat flours, vegetable oils, and fast-food chains, eye doctors see a steady increase in age- related macular degeneration (AMD). What can you do to lower your risk of AMD? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, consuming foods that fuel your eyesight and eye health is a great place to start. Eyes (ight) FUELYOUR NUTRITION IS KEY

“ 30 ] B L U E S K Y E Y E M A G A Z I N E It’s being discovered that eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and less fat not only benefits your entire body, but it specifically helps fuel your eyesight. Indulging in a nutrient-rich diet also means avoiding common polyunsaturated fatty acids such as canola oil, corn oil, and margarine, and instead using olive oil, coconut oil, and butter. Maintaining healthy blood vessels and arteries that lead to and from your retinas is an essential part of preventing AMD—and you can start by incorporating some of these foods into your diet. CONSUMING FOODS RICH WITH LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN, LIKE EGGS, LEAFY GREENS, BROCCOLI, PEAS, AND AVOCADOS, PROTECTS YOUR MACULA. THE MACULA PROVIDES US WITH THE ABILITY TO READ AND SEE IN GREAT DETAIL. ~DR. JEFFERY ZHEUTLIN, VITREO-RETINAL ASSOCIATES

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