i-Chek is a valuable tool that helps users detect debris that may have accidentally infiltrated his or her eye. If that happens, it enables you to clear the eye with its strong magnified, mirrored optics and user-friendly comfort. But do you know other daily methods to help maintain proper eyesight? One way is to make healthy decisions about your diet. Diet is a vital part of your daily lifestyle choices. The foods you eat and the dietary supplements you take affect your overall health, as well as the health of your eyes.

A diet high in saturated fat and sugar may increase your risk of eye disease. Healthy foods such as greens and fruits may help prevent certain eye diseases and other health problems. Colorful fruits and vegetables are best for optimum eye health. In fact, experts recommend that you consume at least five to nine servings of these foods daily. Choose dark green or brightly colored fruits and vegetables to obtain the most antioxidants, which protect your eyes by reducing damage related to oxidizing agents (free radicals) that can cause age-related eye diseases.

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and eye conditions, like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, have been shown to occur less frequently in people who eat diets rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein. Lutein and zeaxanthin are plant pigments called carotenoids that have been shown to protect the retina from oxidative changes caused by ultraviolet light. Spinach and kale are excellent food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are also found in sweet corn, peas, and broccoli. Vitamin A, vital for healthy vision, is found in orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots and squash. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant.

From a helpful examination tool to smart diet tips, i-Chek can help you make healthy choices to protect your eyesight for many years to come.