By: Dr. Liz
Good nutrition may improve vision and reduce deterioration that occurs as a natural consequence of aging. Several vitamins for eye health have been identified for their potential of having a therapeutic value for the eyes. We will discuss some of the different eye vitamins that we prescribe in our office.
I also want to add the Dietary Reference Intake Guide so depending on your age and sex you can see the recommended doses of some of the different vitamins we will be discussing as well as important food to eat.
This is a link to The Dietary Reference Intake Guide:
Foods to Eat:
following foods which contain the key nutrients for eye health:
- Lutein and zeaxanthin: Colorful fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, green beans, peas, oranges and tangerines
- Essential fatty acids: Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, or herring, whole grain foods, chicken and eggs
- Vitamin C: Fruits and vegetables, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, green peppers and tomatoes
- Vitamin E: Vegetable oils, such as safflower or corn oil, almonds, pecans, sweet potatoes, and sunflower seeds
- Zinc: Extra-lean red meat, poultry, liver, shellfish, milk, baked beans, and whole grains
Antioxidants seem to counter the effects of oxidation on the tissues and structure of the eyes. This may be the reason that many vitamins for eye health and supplements have a positive effect on eye health; they are rich in antioxidants and other compounds that halt the destruction of healthy tissue. In eyes much of this oxidation is related to light exposure over time.