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Diet and Nutrition

nutrition american woman pear apple greenAdding powerful antioxidants to your diet can improve your eye health.

There is no substitute for the quality of life that having good vision can provide. Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day can help preserve your vision. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin c and vitamin E to reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

These important nutrients are found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye disease, including age-related macular degeneration.

Essential Fatty Acids

Fats are a necessary part of the human diet. They maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuel cells and boost the immune system. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important in the management of dry eye.

Vitamin C

Is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin c lowers the risk of developing cataracts.

Vitamin E

Is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes. It is thought to protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals which break down healthy tissue.

American Optometric Association – clinical guidelines, 2012