• Cooking for Love and Vision

    Feb. 10, 2012

    Eye Healthy Valentine's Day Recipe

    This February, EyeCare America is encouraging those ages 65 and older to go online to see if they qualify for a free eye exam. As part of the campaign, celebrity chefs from around the country have contributed delicious eye-healthy desserts for two — the perfect accompaniment to any romantic Valentine's Day dinner. All recipes are made with foods filled with eye-healthy vitamins and antioxidants, both of which have been proven to help preserve eyesight.

    Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers Papaya Coconut Parfait


    • 1 cup ripe papaya pureed
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • ¼ tablespoon lemon zest
    • ¼ cup coconut flakes, toasted
    • ½ cup cream, whipped

    Cooking instructions:

    Mash papaya with sugar, honey and lemon zest until dissolved. Delicately fold the whipped cream using a spatula. Fill 2 martini glasses, top with toasted coconut. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

    EyeCare America will match eligible individuals with an ophthalmologist in their area, who will provide a comprehensive medical eye examination and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Patients without insurance receive care at no charge. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visit the EyeCare America online referral center.