Eye Health

At Oculus | Botwin Eye Group we take a holistic approach with our patients regarding eyecare.  Vision is precious and our mission is to preserve it for your lifetime.  During your visit we consider any systemic medications you are taking and the potential effects on your eyes and vision.

Your work, lifestyle, hobbies and sports are taken into consideration when prescribing glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery options.  We also make recommendations  on your diet and exercise routines and how your vision may benefit from nutrition and lifestyle changes.  With the intense amount of UV radiation and “near blue light”  we experience living in New Mexico’s  high altitude and clear blue skies, we strive to assist you in choosing the finest products to avoid cornea, lens and retina damage from harmful wavelengths.

Eye Benefits of Vitamins and Micronutrients

Certain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients have been shown to be essential for good vision and may protect your eyes from damaging conditions and diseases. A healthy diet for your eyes should include plenty of colorful fruits and green leafy vegetables.

  • Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A (and its precursor, beta-carotene) is necessary for night vision, wound healing and proper functioning of the immune system. Though supplemental beta-carotene has been associated with greater risk of certain cancers among smokers and previous smokers, obtaining a healthy amount of beta-carotene from natural food sources does not appear to elevate this risk.
  • Vitamin B complex (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 folic acid, biotin and choline). B complex vitamins may help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent elevated homocysteine levels in the blood, which have been associated with vascular problems affecting the retina. B vitamins also may play a role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration and in the treatment of uveitis, a common cause of blindness.
  • Vitamin C. Some studies have found vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is associated with reduced risk of cataracts.
  • Vitamin D. Recent literature suggests vitamin D deficiency is widespread, especially during winter months in cold climates. Research suggests vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration.
  • Vitamin E. Another component of AREDS and AREDS2 supplements, vitamin E has been associated with reduced risk of cataracts in other studies.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids and macular pigments may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These essential nutrients may reduce the risk of dry eyes and may have other eye health benefits as well.
  • Bioflavonoids. Found in many fruits and vegetables, bioflavinoids appear to help the body absorb vitamin C for higher antioxidant efficiency.

Call for an appointment!

Our optometrists are available at both locations for eye exams and all your eye care needs. While there, visit the selection of luxury eyeglasses, sunglasses and frames from Oculus, our optical shop.

Our two locations are accessible and convenient to downtown Santa Fe or the Hospital.

Walk-ins are welcome when scheduling permits.