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The Reason Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

We have all heard that carrots improve night vision, but is it the truth? Optometrists will tell you that carrots can't save you from needing eye glasses. However, carrots do provide substantial amounts of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for your eye health and therefore ingesting foods rich in this vitamin is clearly advised for ensuring eye health.

Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange pigment that converts into vitamin A after it's absorbed in the body. Vitamin A protects the surface of the eye (cornea) and has been determined to prevent various eye diseases such as corneal ulcers. Vitamin A, a group of antioxidant compounds, guards the cornea to reduce the frequency of ocular infections and other infectious diseases. Vitamin A is also known to be an effective solution for dry eye syndrome and other eye disorders. A deficiency of vitamin A (which tends to be more common in poor and developing countries) is known to cause night blindness, corneal ulcers and retinal damage which can lead to total blindness.

There are two variations of vitamin A, which relate to the nutritional source from which they come. Vitamin A derived from an animal is called Retinol and can be found in foods such as beef, liver, whole milk or cheese. Vitamin A that is produce-derived comes in the form of ''provitamin A'' carotenoids, which break down to retinol after the nutrients are absorbed. In addition to carrots, carotenoids are ingested when eating colorful fruits and vegetables such as oranges, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and cantaloupes.

There is no question that through most forms, vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes as well as your overall well being. Although carrots can't fix vision impairments, grandma had it right when she advised ''eat your carrots.''

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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