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Are blueberries good for your eyes?

AntioxidantsYes! Not only are blueberries a mild and sweet treat to eat, but they also have been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue.

Blueberries contain eye-healthy carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin as well these tiny blue fruits of flavor contain anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients. These antioxidants including VitaminE have been shown to improve night vision as well as maintain general eye health. In addition, the lutein and zeaxanthin in blueberries have been found to reduce inflammation in the eye as well as detrimental diseases like diabetic retinopathy.

Vitamin C can readily be found in blueberries, in just one cup of blueberries there are 14 milligrams of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been found to reduce the intraocular pressure of the eye, which decreases the likelihood of developing the second most common cause of blindness, Glaucoma. Zinc is another important mineral found in blueberries which helps to protect against Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) as well as night blindness. Blueberries are also a great source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial when fighting inflammation in the eye but also great in aiding the treatments of Dry Eye.

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is eye and vision surgery an option for you? Our Wasaga Beach eye doctor is always ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.