Dr. N. Gregory Richardson, Optometrist
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Dr. Richardson
Optometrist
475 Yellowstone, "G"
Pocatello ID 83201
(208) 233-1551

 

 

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Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are the leading causes of visual impairment and acquired blindness in the U.S.

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Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from early signs of Macular Degeneration. Macular Degeneration results in loss of vision at the very center of vision.
 
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Cataract extractions account for more than 2 million procedures a year.   Cataracts cause dark, blurry vision, and eventually blindness.

 Nutrition is one promising means of protecting the eyes from both of these diseases.

 

Vitamin C (mg/serving) 
Try to eat 250 mg per day for therapeutic effect.

Most fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C.

Food

Amount

Vitamin C
mg

Orange juice, fresh squeezed

1 cup

124

Grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed

1 cup

94

Papaya

1/2 medium

94

Cantaloupe

1/4 melon

86

Orange

1 medium

80

Green peppers, raw chopped

1/2 cup

67

Tomato juice

1 cup

44

Strawberries

1/2 cup

43

Broccoli, raw chopped

1/2 cup

41

Grapefruit

1/2 medium

40

 

Vitamin E (mg/serving)

Try to get  100 IU per day. It's hard to get enough with diet alone.  You may need to take a supplement.

Vitamin E is found in foods, such as vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.

Food

Amount

Vitamin E

Almonds

1/4 cup

9.3 (13.9 IU)

Sunflower seeds

1/4 cup

5.8 (8.7 IU)

Safflower oil

1 tbsp

4.7 (7.0 IU)

Peanuts

1/4 cup

3.3 (4.9 IU)

Peanut butter

2 tbsp

3.2 (4.8 IU)

Corn oil

1 tbsp

2.8 (4.2 IU)

 

Lutein and Zeaxanthin (mg/serving)
Need 6 mg per day.  You may need a supplement.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are found together in dark green leafy vegetables, and are also present in lesser amounts in other colorful fruits and vegetables.

Food/Serving
(1 cup)

Lutein and
Zeaxanthin
Lutein Zeaxanthin
mg

Kale

20.5 - 26.5* - 1.1 - 2.2*

Collard greens

15.3 - 5.1

Spinach

3.6 - 12.6* 1.7 - 13.3* 0.5 - 5.9*

Turnip greens

12.1 - 0.4

Broccoli

2.1 - 3.5* 1.4 - 1.6* -

Corn, yellow

1.4 - 3.0 0.6 0.9

Peas, green

2.3 2.2 -

Orange pepper

- - 1.7

Persimmons

1.4 - 0.8

Tangerine

0.5 - 0.2

For more info click on the American Optometric Site below:

Caring For Your Vision

 

Macular Degeneration looks like this.

 

Cataracts look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Richardson
Optometrist
475 Yellowstone, "G"
Pocatello ID 83201
(208) 233-1551