According to a certain optometrist in Montreal, certain aliments are favourable, even essential, to a proper development of the children eye. They reduce the risks of developing myopia, astigmatismandhyperopia as an adult.
Nutrients, mostly vitamins, have an important impact on children’s vision. Vitamin A decreases the risks of dry eyes by inciting an ocular irrigation. It can be found in carrots, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, eggs and chicken.Kiwi, orange, mango, pineapple, strawberry, apple, cauliflower are rich in vitamin C.Vitamin E, contained in almonds, hazelnuts, avocados, sardines, bran cereals and sunflower oil,stimulates the absorption of Vitamin A. Vitamin E decreases the chances of developing cataracts. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, neutralizes a portion of the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun. In addition, Omega-3 fats, found in fish,allow ocular hydration to avoid dryness problems and fight against maculardegeneration. Through zinc, located in crab, lobster, lobster, oysters, chicken, turkey, beef, beans, and dairy products, vitamins A and vitamins E are conveyed to the child’s eyes. To protect the eyes from diseases and vision degradation, lutein and zeaxanthin defend the retina from UV rays. Beta-carotene drives the body to produce vitamin A.Betacarotene is a nutrient found in carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, peppers, basil, dried apricot, romaine lettuce and much more.
Beware, some foods should be avoided. When consumed in large quantities, aliments rich in Omega-6 (some cereals, some meats and industrial products)are unhealthy for the eyes. In addition, saturated acids are harmful for the micro-blood vessels that irrigate the eye tissues. They are usually found in charcuterie and fried foods.
Choosing the right diet is essential to keep healthy eyes over the years. However, a healthy diet alone unfortunately does not solve all diseases related to the eyes. Since it accelerates ocular aging, children should avoid exposing their eyes to tobacco smoke. Finally, an eye exam for children is essential to detect visual problems. The optometrist will be able to provide the necessary care and advice if the wear of glasses or contact lenses is necessary.