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The Best Foods for Your Eyes

We all know that eating nutrient-rich foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising can boost our health. So it’s no surprise that these same activities also support eye health. Research has shown that regularly consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can actually prevent or delay sight-threatening eye conditions and diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. 

Here’s a list of the best vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime. 

We invite you to consult with our eye doctor, Dr. Hansen, to discuss which nutrients are most suited to your specific eye health and needs. 

Vitamins and Nutrients That Support Eye Health

*Always best to speak with your primary care doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements, and to ensure you consume the correct dosage for your body.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency can cause a host of eye health issues, including dry eyes and night blindness. In fact, vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Vitamins A and A1, which are essential for supporting the eye’s photoreceptors (the light-sensing cells) in the retina, can be found in foods like carrots, leafy greens, egg yolks, liver, and fish. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Eating Omega-3 rich foods like fatty fish can support eye health in a few ways. DHA and EPA, 2 different types of Omega-3 fatty acids, have been shown to improve retinal function and visual development.  

Omega-3 supplements can also ease dry eye symptoms. A randomized controlled study found that people who consumed Omega-3 supplements experienced improved tear quality, which resulted in reduced tear evaporation and increased eye comfort.  

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that accumulate in the lens and retina and help filter out damaging UV rays and blue light. One study showed that individuals who had the highest levels of these nutrients in their diets had a 43% lower chance of developing macular degeneration than those who had consumed the least amount.  

Spinach, egg yolks, sweet corn, and red grapes are some of the foods that contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Vitamin C 

High amounts of vitamin C can be found in the aqueous humor of the eye, the liquid that fills the eye’s anterior chamber and supports corneal integrity. This has prompted scientists to consider this vitamin’s role in protecting eye health. 

Research suggests that regularly taking vitamin C (along with other essential vitamins and minerals) can lower the risk of developing cataracts, and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

While vitamin C appears to support eye health in a variety of ways, it’s still unclear whether taking this supplement benefits those who aren’t deficient. Vitamin C can be found in various fruits and vegetables, like bell peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, and kale. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect fatty acids from becoming oxidized. Because the retina has a high concentration of fatty acids, sufficient vitamin E intake is crucial for optimal ocular health. 

Vitamin E can be found in almonds, flaxseed oil, and sunflower seeds. 

Zinc

Healthy eyes naturally contain high levels of zinc. A zinc deficiency can cause night blindness, and thus increasing zinc intake can improve night vision. Zinc also helps absorb Vitamin A, an essential antioxidant. 

Make sure to avoid taking high doses of zinc (beyond 100 mg daily) without first consulting your eye doctor. Higher doses of zinc have been associated with side effects such as reduced immune function. You can increase your zinc intake naturally by consuming more oysters, meat, and peanuts. 

Phytochemical Antioxidants

Phytochemical antioxidants are chemicals produced by plants that contain several health benefits. Some studies show that these plant-based chemicals may enhance vision and eye health as well as prevent age-related eye diseases and complications by alleviating ocular oxidative stress. Oxidative stress within the eyes contributes to several eye conditions, including  dry eye syndrome. Consuming more produce with these antioxidants can help balance the anti-oxidant and pro-oxidant system, resulting in healthier eyes. 

Personalized Eye Nutrition 

If you or someone you know is looking for ways to boost or maintain eye health, speak with an optometrist near you about what supplements and vitamins are best for you. For an eye doctor in Manhattan Beach, give us a call at 310-620-1345.

 

Looking for Relief from Dry Eyes? LipiFlow May Be the Answer!

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause for dry eyes, and LipiFlow can be the solution

Do your eyes itch or sting? Do you need to rub them constantly for relief? Do your eyes feel tired even when you’re well-rested, or gritty even if nothing got in your eye? If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re probably one of many people who suffer from dry eye syndrome. This common, irritating eye condition occurs when your eyes either don’t produce enough tears or when the composition of your tears isn’t optimal for keeping the eye surface lubricated.

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is one typical problem that can lead to dry eyes. Meibomian glands are in your eyelids, and when they get blocked – you feel it! MGD can reduce the amount of fatty oils in your tears, which allows tears to evaporate too rapidly. Eye care professionals estimate that about 86% of all cases of dry eye syndrome are due to MGD.

LipiFlow treats MGD

The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System, by Johnson & Johnson, is a high-tech medical therapy that can unblock Meibomian glands, stimulate their function, and provide lasting relief from the painful symptoms of dry eye. We welcome all dry eye sufferers to visit our eye care centers in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, to see how LipiFlow can help!

Experiencing LipiFlow

This breakthrough therapy device is built with a console and single-use sterile activator. Before the procedure, our eye doctor will apply numbing eye drops – so your experience will be painless. Then, a contoured eyepiece will be placed gently over your cornea, covering the delicate surface of your eye to protect it.

Once LipiFlow is activated, peristaltic energy pressure and mild heat will be used to gently massage your eye. Built-in sensors regulate the temperature and pressure pulses precisely. This perfect combination of massage and heat liquefies and expels any blockages in your Meibomian glands.

The whole LipiFlow process takes a total of about 12 minutes, and it’s all done in the comfort of our optometry offices in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California.

LipiFlow safely restores your comfortable vision

No worries; LipiFlow is FDA-approved, drug-free, and considered extremely safe. Multi-point sensors and continuous feedback are used to monitor and regulate the heat automatically. Pressure is applied intelligently, with a sequence of pulses that doesn’t permit any unnecessary pressure on your eye. There’s minimal discomfort and maximum gain.

Is LipiFlow right for you?

Book an eye exam with our dry eye specialists in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, and we’ll perform a specialized eye exam to determine the cause of your dry eye syndrome. Based on the results, we’ll discuss whether LipiFlow could be a helpful remedy for your personal condition.


At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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Dry Eyes & Light Sensitivity

Are you photophobic? Dry eye treatment can help

Chronic dry eyes are usually accompanied by burning, redness, grittiness, and hypersensitivity to light. This condition, called photophobia, doesn’t always occur with dry eyes – but it isn’t a rare symptom either. Many patients who visit our eye care centers in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, complain about light sensitivity when they suffer from dry eye syndrome.

What is photophobia?

Although the word photophobia technically means “fear of light,” this condition is really a sensitivity or intolerance to light that can cause uncomfortable or painful symptoms, including migraine-like headaches. The type of light is irrelevant, people can be bothered by sunlight, fluorescent, and incandescent light all the same.

Light sensitivity is not a disease. It is a symptom of another condition that can irritate the eyes, such as dry eye syndrome.

What’s the connection between dry eyes and photophobia?

A dry ocular surface has irregularities that scatter the light entering the eye, which may be a reason for the development of photophobia. Infection and inflammation can cause these corneal irregularities.

While scientists are not entirely sure which area of the brain causes and controls light sensitivity, recent studies also indicate that retinal disorders may be related. That’s another reason why we recommend visiting our eye doctor in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach, California – to make sure your photophobia not a sign of a more serious eye problem that requires treatment.

Treatment for photophobia

When photophobia is a symptom of dry eyes, the primary therapy goes to the root of the problem and involves finding the most effective dry eye treatment. Our eye doctor may therefore treat your problem with medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory medications, drugs to trigger tear production, or even moisturizing eye inserts that release lubrication gradually into your tear film. By treating your dry eyes, we will be able to eliminate your light sensitivity.

Coping with photophobia

One of the best ways to manage this condition is to wear sunglasses! Check out our optical collection in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, to pick up a pair of sunglasses to match your style and needs. Sunglasses with polarized lenses can be a good option.

Rose-colored sunglasses are often most useful, because they help to block the blue light that causes the most discomfort when you have light sensitivity. Our eye doctors at Advanced Eyecare Center caution though, don’t wear your sunglasses indoors! Doing this can actually increase your eyes’ sensitivity to light. For the same reason, if you have dry eyes – avoid dimming all of your interior lights. Sometimes, gradually exposing yourself to more light can help improve the symptoms of photophobia.

Dry eyes with light sensitivity? Visit for an eye exam

Both dry eyes and photophobia can be very irritating conditions that reduce your enjoyment of day-to-day life. Sometimes, the pain associated with light sensitivity can become extreme. If you suffer from any symptoms of dry eyes or photophobia, book an eye exam at one of our optometry offices in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach, California.


At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach eye doctors.

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Your Benefits Can Be Used For Dry Eye Treatments

Dry Eye Africam American Man 640×350Are your eyes red, watery, itchy and burning? There’s a chance you may have Dry Eye Disease (DES).

Check whether you have unused eyecare benefits left in your HSA (health savings account) or FSA (flexible spending account), as these may expire on December 31st. If so, skip the trip to the drugstore and visit Dr. Michael Hansen at Dry Eye Center At Advanced Eyecare Center to receive unparalleled dry eye relief. Depending on your insurance plan, your benefits may also be applied to a family member.

The first step in making use of your soon-to-expire vision benefits is to call Dry Eye Center At Advanced Eyecare Center and schedule an eye exam.

During your comprehensive eye exam, Dry Eye Center At Advanced Eyecare Center will assess your condition and offer a variety of dry eye treatments ranging from supplements to soothing eye masks and prescription eye drops. Each dry eye treatment is tailor-made to your specific needs.

Your flex benefits can cover

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Contact lenses
  • Glasses
  • Prescription sunglasses

Even Dry Eye Treatments

  • Prescription ointments or eye drops
  • Soothing eye masks
  • Tear duct plugs (Punctal plugs)
  • Steroid eye drops

— among other options.

Hurry before time runs out! Call us at Dry Eye Center At Advanced Eyecare Center to make the most of your vision benefits or to ask any questions you may have about your HSA or FSA.

Dry Eye Center At Advanced Eyecare Center serves dry eye patients in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and Palos Verdes, and throughout California.

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