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Amblyopia and Nutrition

Strabismus (eye turn) and amblyopia (lazy eye) can be difficult to overcome, especially when you have both of them. You might try vision therapy and surgery but even with the top doctors and surgeons in the world, the brain is not easy to change. One thing that makes a huge difference is food. What you do eat, what you don’t eat, all of it.

So what can you eat to improve strabismus and amblyopia? Your brain and eyes function best when they are fueled with foods high in:

  • Vitamins A, C and E
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Omega-3s
  • Beta carotene
  • Zinc
  • Fiber and plenty of anti-oxidants

Those nutrients can be found in dark leafy greens, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds, whole grains and legumes. Limiting sugar, unhealthy fats, simple carbs and processed foods can make an even bigger difference. All of these efforts combined can improve clarity, increase eye control, relax the visual system and deepen stereo vision.

If you want the quick, pretty and easy to digest version of what to eat for improved vision, simply download the “Eating for Stereopsis” guide here. It is so important to understand that the food you eat fuels your entire body.

Strabismus and amblyopia are signs that the brain and eyes are not communicating properly. What you eat will either exacerbate a problem you already have or help you overcome it.

Specific to the side effects of strabismus and amblyopia, these are the top benefits achieved with improved diet:

  • Reduced double vision
  • Improved clarity and crispness
  • Increased visual stamina
  • Improved depth perception
  • Quicker eyes

It doesn’t need to be black or white. Making small sustainable changes is going to create long-term success. 

To access the full article of best and worst foods for amblyopia, click here.