In an effort to give our team a much deserved break, all Gailey Eye Clinic locations will be closed every Saturday this summer through Labor Day weekend. We will resume our regular Saturday hours starting Saturday, September 10th. Were sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have a medical eye emergency, please contact our on-call number at 309-603-1008.
There are many studies that show that consuming more fruits and vegetables may help protect against age-related eye problems.
Why not pack the essential vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids that give your eyes the nutrition they need in to a delicious smoothie? Yes, please!
Beta-carotene from fruits and vegetables is converted in the body to vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. Foods that are rich in beta-carotene include carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, mangoes, apricots, pumpkins and just about all orange and yellow fruits and vegetables as well as dark, leafy greens. Red grapes and citrus fruits are also hydrating, and may improve acute vision problems caused by dehydration. We also like to incorporate flaxseeds which are one of the very best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help regulate the fluid retention and flow in our bodies, preventing dry eye and normalizing eye pressure to reduce the risk of glaucoma.
Smoothies are such a yummy way to enjoy fruits and veggies. Here are just a few popular smoothies that will be sure to support your eye health and be tasty, too!
Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
2/3 cup spinach
2/3 cup kale
1 cup water
5 strawberries, frozen
Blend the greens and water first until the greens are completely liquefied. Add the fruit and blend until thoroughly combined. Enjoy immediately!
Blueberry Peach Smoothie with Flaxseeds
3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds
2 Tbsp. honey
1 cup frozen peaches
Blend all ingredients in a blender until pureed and smooth, stirring several times. Serve immediately.
Mango Green Smoothie
1 ½ cups frozen mango pieces
1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
1 cup spinach
3/4 cup almond milk
Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.