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An eye examination at McKenna and Scott Exclusive in Pinelands is not merely about finding a prescription. It is about eyecare, eye health, patient education and friendly service. Vision is not merely about the clarity of the image. It is about how both the eyes work together as a team ie. eye alignment, the contraction and relaxation of the individual eye muscles and ocular movements. These factors affect our visual performance and comfort throughout our daily tasks and activities. The majority of eye diseases are painless and can go undetected for years, leading to possible irreparable damage. Also, certain eye conditions can be manifestations of underlying systemic diseases. All these aspects of vision and health are part of our comprehensive eye examinations.
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Eye Carotenoids And Visual Performance: The Research A growing number of studies support the importance of the macular pigment in maintaining or enhancing visual abilities that are important for sports performance. Important recent findings include: Research at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland demonstrated that a daily nutritional supplement containing lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin improved the visual performance of people with normal visual acuity but lower-than-normal levels of macular pigment in their eyes at the beginning of the study. In the one-year study, 53 adult subjects took a daily supplement containing 10 mg lutein, 2 mg zeaxanthin, and
Sports Nutrition: Carotenoids And Visual Performance Athletes are always looking for a way to take their game to the next level. Many seek a sports performance edge through innovative strength and agility training. Others invest in sports camps or the latest athletic gear or clothing. But while most coaches, trainers and athletes recognise the importance of nutrition in sports performance, a key factor that sometimes is overlooked is the effect of nutrition on the eyes and on visual skills that are important for sports performance. Given that our vision drives nearly all physical activity in most sports, excellent visual
Which Foods Contain Eye-Healthy Carotenoids? Foods with the highest concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin found in macular pigment include: Bowl of leafy greens including spinach Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens are excellent natural sources of eye-healthy carotenoids. Kale Spinach Swiss chard Mustard greens Turnip greens Collards Green peas Summer squash Eggs It was once believed that meso-zeaxanthin did not occur in natural food sources and was produced primarily by the metabolism of lutein. However, recent research has detected meso-zeaxanthin in the skin of trout, sardines and salmon, and in the flesh of trout.