The Philosophy of Eating Properly to Maintain Health continues to be a sponsor-free website for educational purposes. However, all readers should realize that behavior is critical to maintenance of overall and ocular health and doctors should be sensitizing patients to the issue. With that being said, I want to highlight a new publication by an eye doctor that speaks to a healthy life style and provides some doggone good recipes at the same time. I have tried a few and can recommend the book highly.

Neither nor Larry Alexander, OD is receiving any compensation for this recommendation.



Finally, a deliciously practical cookbook the whole family can enjoy!

Visionary Kitchen uses ingredients with nutrients known to benefit eye health. Recently published studies have highlighted the importance of several nutrients that support the health of sensitive ocular tissues.

 Key nutrients for optimal eye health include:

  1. Lutein + Zeaxanthin
  2. Omega-3’s balanced with Omega-6’s
  3. Vitamin A family
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Vitamin E
  6. Zinc
  7. Regulation of blood sugar


Each recipe in Visionary Kitchen has been created to have high concentrations of these key nutrients using whole food sources. Cooking techniques that maximize nutrient retention are explained. Specific food combinations can aid the body’s ability to absorb these nutrients.

A healthy lifestyle, wearing sunglasses with UV light protection and proper nutrition has been shown to have a positive impact on several common eye diseases: Age-related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Diabetic Retinopathy. 

Visionary Kitchen features over 150 mouth-watering, low glycemic impact recipes carefully designed to meet a wide variety of dietary needs ranging from traditional-fare to vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options.

Live Well, Eat Well, See Well

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 Written by Larry J Alexander OD FAAO Posted in Philosophy/Editorials

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About the Author(s)

Larry J Alexander OD FAAO

Larry J Alexander OD FAAO

Dr. Alexander (1948-2016) was a 1971 graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry. He served in the US Navy then served as a Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. Larry contributed to a number of chapters in textbooks and has published three editions of Primary Care of the Posterior Segment, as well as contributed to the professional literature. He also lectured extensively in the area of ocular and systemic disease. His areas of special interest included dysfunctional tear syndrome, glaucoma and macular degeneration.  His lessons are the basis for this site and he will be dearly missed. 

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