Ocular Nutrition – Keeping Eye’s Healthy

Ocular Nutrition -Keeping Eye’s Healthy

Ocular Nutrition -Keeping Eye’s Healthy
Interview: Dr Robert Able Jr.

What can we do to keep our eye’s healthy?

What can we do to keep our eye’s healthy?

“It’s very simple; first of all you need to protect yourself from sunlight. We are out there [outside] having good times on the beach and you need good sunglasses. Good Sunglasses block UVA [ultraviolet-A], UVB [ultraviolet-B] and possibly even blue light.

Second, you want to make good dietary choices by avoiding saturated fats and Trans fats. Have the long chain omega 3 fats in your diet. You want to have the Green leafy’s and the colorful foods and plants because they have the carotenoids and other important ingredients [great ocular nutrition tips].

You don’t want to ‘drink’ too much [alcohol] ; one cup of coffee is good for the liver too much coffee dehydrates you. Artificial sweeteners are very irritating to the eye especially with dry eyes and glaucoma. Irritating things like artificial colors and sweeteners you don’t think about “will” catch up to you [remember to eat good ocular nutritional foods and reduce or avoid the bad ones listed above].

Smoking is very harmful to the eyes and has been featured in many studies. Smoking affects the health of the eye. Stopping smoking is important in so many ways to your lifestyle.

Stress in general is important to counter act. The best way to combat stress is to take a deep breath, stimulate the Parasympathetic [PNS- relaxation response] and not the energetic sympathetic [better known as the “fight or flight syndrome”]. So – good nutrition, water, exercise – move that heart; move the fluids in the eye; drain the lymphatics from the head and neck. Good sunglasses, good outlook and breath well.

So you have talked about some things that are really harmful too, like cigarette smoke, over indulging in alcohol...

Lack of exercise, too much fast food, that is loaded with the saturated fats that preserve your food. The major companies are now coming into having better nutrients.

Eye Vitamins

The important things for night vision are vitamin A; which goes to the rods. Bilberry which affects night vision and the rods (which are the peripheral things) [ The retina contains two types of photoreceptors, rods and cones. The rods are more numerous, some 120 million, and are more sensitive than the cones.].

Lutein which protect the retina and decreases glare. Omega 3 fatty acids, which are much of the structure of your retinal receptors. And Zinc which release vitamin A and probably lutein from the liver.

But lutein again is so important because its that sprinkling of pepper that yellow pepper powder that protects our eyes from all that unnecessary radiation coming in. Because we need light we need to see…that’s how we get our connection to the world. But we don’t need the damage. That’s where the lutein is the added factor [must have in any eye vitamin formula].

So, all of these things work as a total package. If people don’t think that vitamins work, its very interesting to take a B vitamin and notice in 20 minutes your urine’s yellow.

So the body will take what it needs and will excrete very often, what it doesn’t need and will help make decisions. But “you” need to make decisions what you put in your mouth and what you do with your time.

This is an article written and transcribed from a video interview of Dr. Robert Able Jr an Eye specialist. [Dr Able wrote the book “The Eye Care revolution: Prevent and Reverse Common Vision Problems].

You can get a copy of Dr Able’s book about Eye Care Prevention Problems here.

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