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20/20 Focus Onwards

Food good for eyes, 20/20 Focus Onwards

It is a new year with a fresh start.  The Foresight Eyecare Team wishes you a healthy and happy year to come.  We want to provide you with some nutrition tips to give you 20/20 focus that is as simple as A B C.

How Can Food Help Keep My Eyes Healthy?

Vitamin A

This vitamin is an important component of visual pathway for rods and cones within the retina.  A deficiency in Vitamin A leads to insufficient production of beta carotene which can result in night blindness and dry eye.  Many orange vegetables such as orange peppers, sweet potato and of course, carrots, provide the Vitamin A needed for your body.   Unless recommended by your doctor, it is not recommended to take beta carotene vitamin supplements.  Smokers especially run a higher risk of lung cancer if they take beta carotene supplements, which used to be common in many eye vitamins.

Vitamin B

This is a complex of vitamins most commonly in foods such as meat, milk, eggs and fish.  B1 (thiamine) deficiency can reduce a person’s visual acuity (ability to see fine detail).   Generally, B vitamins help maintain energy and blood sugar levels, and repair and maintain molecules within your cells.   Particularly good eye foods that have many of the Vitamin B complex include salmon and spinach.

Vitamin C

This vitamin helps the body in many ways.  For eyes, Vitamin C helps with healing and slowing down cataract formation.   It protects the proteins of the crystalline lens in the eye from the UV exposure damage by reducing the free radicals.   Many fruits such as kiwi and oranges are loaded with Vitamin C, as well as certain Eye foods vegetables such as orange and red bell peppers, and kale.

Play Outside More

Another method of helping the eyes is to simply get outdoors more regularly.   A Taiwan research study shows that spending 2 hours per day outside prevented the start of myopia (nearsightedness).  One theory is that a retinal hormone called dopamine is stimulated and blocks the abnormal growth of the eye, which prevents the onset of myopia.  Even in the electronic generation that we now live in, we can teach our children and ourselves how to play outdoors again.

Keep your sight on staying focused towards a healthy 20/20.  Drs. Leong, Yung, and Bui wish you a happy new year!

Foresight Eyecare:   For Looks... For Health... For Life!

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan