Summer is in full swing, and you’re probably ready to fire up the grill and hang out by the pool. You also probably know all about protecting your eyes from the sun this summer with sunglasses, but what about your diet? What are some foods that can help keep your eyes healthy? And better yet, what are some recipes that you can dish up this summer? Anyone can tell you that carrots are good for your eyes. We’re here to give you our favorite glazed carrot recipe. Let’s get started.
Cold-water fish like salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to your vision health. A diet rich in omega-3’s can potentially help protect against macular degeneration and even cataracts. This delicious, yet simple recipe is one that you can feel good about making on a summer evening. It’s also light on dirty dishes and doesn’t take much prep time, meaning you get to spend less time in the hot kitchen and more time enjoying your day.
Leafy greens are full of lutein and zeaxanthin—two types of carotenoids that are known for promoting eye health. This delicious salad recipe is not only perfect for the summer months when you don’t want to fire up the stove or oven for long, it’s also great for your eye health. That’s because in addition to the leafy greens, it also contains white beans. White beans and other legumes are good sources of bioflavonoids and zinc, which can both help protect your retinas.
You didn’t think we were joking about the carrots, did you? They really are good for your vision health. But so are other colorful fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, and corn. Colorful fruits and veggies are good sources of vitamins A and C, as well as carotenoids. Not only are these glazed carrots good for your eyes, but they’re a great summer side and easy to prepare.
Citrus fruits and berries are also high in vitamin C, and they’re perfect for this time of year. Take a look at this great fruit salad recipe, but feel free to experiment with other fruits and berries that you have available in your area. Head to the farmers market and see what fresh fruit you can find that’s been grown locally. And once you have what you need, making the fruit salad is a snap. A great addition to lunch or dinner on a hot summer day.
Protecting your eyes and keeping them healthy with the proper diet are excellent ideas this summer. But what about improving your vision? That’s right, if you still rely on contacts or glasses, this summer could be the perfect time for you to finally gain your independence with LASIK. So if you’re in the New Jersey area, then give us a call today at OCLI and we can set up a consultation to discuss your options for laser eye surgery.