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The best treatment of any retinal condition is preventative care. Below are some tips on things you can do or implement into your daily lifestyle to help prevent retinal conditions that can affect your vision.

Get Screened Regularly

The early stages of eye disease often have no symptoms. However, an annual eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist can provide early detection of eye disease. Early detection and proper treatment, may prevent long-term damage and in some cases restore vision impairments. For more information on screening opportunities, visit our Get Screened section.

Shade Your Eyes

UV rays can cause damage to the delicate tissues of the eyes. Always wear sunglasses when outside to protect against UV damage.

Eat Healthy Foods

The cells of our bodies, eyes included, need antioxidants to protect against disease. A diet containing vitamins A, C and E as well as the minerals selenium and zinc offers protection against age-related health concerns, cataracts and other eye diseases. A diet that consists of mainly fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, nuts and seeds and avoids refined sugars, fried foods and highly processed foods will help maintain good health and good vision.

  • Vitamin A is essential to retina health as it aids the eyes in adapting from light to dark, helping to prevent night blindness. Good sources of vitamin A include:
    • Liver
    • Eggs
    • Carrots
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Spinach
    • Kale
    • Milk
    • Cheese
  • Vitamin C is a nutritional powerhouse benefiting the bones, muscles, immune system, oral and eye health, and offering special protection against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Good sources of vitamin C include:
    • Strawberries
    • Oranges
    • Lemons
    • Grapefruit
    • Broccoli
    • Bell Peppers
  • Vitamin E is an excellent source of protection for the heart, mind and eyes. Good sources of vitamin E include:
    • Eggs
    • Almonds
    • Turnip Greens
    • Avocado
    • Sunflower Seeds
  • Selenium and zinc help the body absorb and use antioxidants to protect against disease.
    • Good sources of selenium include:
      • Brazil Nuts
      • Halibut
      • Sardines
      • Salmon
    • Good sources of zinc include:
      • Beef
      • Chicken
      • Walnuts
      • Cashews
      • Chickpeas
      • Ginger