Welcome To Ivy Hills Eyecare

Here at Ivy Hills Eyecare, we are proud to serve Cincinnati, OH . Our team of professionals is dedicated to giving our patients the highest quality of optometry care. We offer a full range of optometry services so all of your family’s needs are met under one roof.

Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.

If you are looking to brighten and enhance your vision, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (513) 991-7090!

See Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates Once A Year

While most people schedule regular check-ups with their primary care physician or dentist, many are not aware of the importance of an annual visit to their eye doctor. Regular eye exams can be the key to the early detection and treatment of emerging vision problems, eye diseases and a number of health-related issues. The skilled doctors and staff at Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates will make sure you get the eye prescription that is just right for you, so you can see at your best! Don’t take good vision for granted, contact us today to schedule an eye exam. We often accept same day appointments if necessary.

Q&A with VanDerPloeg

What Are Carotenoids For Maximum Eye Health?

The Power of Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin

Carotenoids may sound like aliens from outer space, but they’re actually essential nutrients for your eye health. Two very important carotenoids are lutein and zeaxanthin—yellow pigments that occur naturally in many plants and vegetables. Recent scientific research has discovered a third carotenoid in the eye, meso-zeaxanthin. It is not found in food sources. Instead, it appears to be created in the retina from lutein.

The best natural food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin are green leafy vegetables and other green or yellow vegetables. Among these, cooked kale and cooked spinach top the list, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Other sources are cooked collards, cooked turnip greens, green peas, cooked broccoli, raw romaine lettuce, cooked green beans and carrots. A non-vegetarian source of lutein and zeaxanthin are egg yolks. If you can’t get carotenoids into your diet, lutein/zeaxanthin/meso-zeaxanthin supplements are available. Be sure to ask your optometrist.

Our Services

We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.

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