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5 Vitamins and Nutrients that Should be a Part of Your Diet

Everyone has heard that they should be eating more carrots to improve their eyesight. This is because of the high levels of beta-carotene that is found in carrots which is said to be essential in maintaining healthy eyes. There are actually quite a few different vitamins and nutrients that are considered to be good for your eye health.

Here are 5 other vitamins and nutrients that you should consider adding to your daily intake:

Zeaxanthin and Lutein: These are considered to be important nutrients for your eye health and can be easily added to your diet through the addition of leafy green vegetables and eggs. Quite a few studies have been done that point to a diet with ample lutein and zeaxanthin reducing your risks of developing chronic eye disease, such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vitamin C: Found primarily in fruits and vegetables, Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Studies suggest that vitamin C can lower your risk of developing cataracts and taken in conjunction with other vitamins and nutrients it is said to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Vitamin E: Considered to be a strong antioxidant, vitamin is found in high concentrations in nuts and sweet potatoes. Studies suggest that vitamin E helps to protect cells in your eyes from free radicals that can cause damage to your eyes fragile tissue.

Essential Fatty Acids: These are fats that are considered to be an important part of our diets. These fats are said to fuel our cells, boost our immune system and even maintain our nervous system. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids are also considered to be important in maintaining proper eye health and retinal function. Fatty such, such as salmon are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Zinc: This mineral is considered to play an essential role in transferring vitamin A from our liver to our retinas, which produces melanin—a pigment that helps to protect our eyes. Zinc concentrates heavily in our eyes, but predominantly in the retina. Studies suggest that ensuring you are receiving ample amounts of zinc in your daily diet will help to protect the inner workings of your eye.

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants™, our LASIK surgeons and eye doctors use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
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As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
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Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
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Keratoconus describes a cornea that weakens as collagen fibers deteriorate, causing the cornea to adapt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, glares, and decreased night vision. In its early stages, keratoconus may be treated with the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is also one of the most common reasons for corneal transplant, and one of the most successful. Call any of our offices and ask to speak to the Vision Correction Surgical Coordinator, or use the contact form below.
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It's estimated that a million or more Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. People with glaucoma often do not experience any symptoms until they begin losing their peripheral vision. One of the scariest things about glaucoma is that it usually has no symptoms in the early stages, earning glaucoma the name "silent thief of sight." Anyone can be at risk, so it's important to have your vision regularly examined.
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At Chicago Cornea Consultants™, our doctors take great care in maintaining ocular health for our patients. However, a number of our patients voice concerns regarding soft lines and wrinkles around the eyes and other regions of the face. We have responded by introducing cosmetic procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic through our Chicago practice.
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Dry eye can result from a lack of sufficient production of your own natural tears, with an inability to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. This can cause mild to severe discomfort including itching, stinging and burning. Dry eyes are a common concern in Chicago, and the experienced team of corneal specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ have the latest advancements in technology to treat dry eye.
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Contact lenses are medical devices which interact directly with the ocular surface of the eye. At Chicago Cornea Consultants™, we provide exceptional care to ensure that you obtain the best possible vision with contact lenses that fit appropriately and maximize health benefits.
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