Eye care has many important facets. While protecting your eyes from the sun and getting regular eye checkups are very beneficial, a well-balanced diet can also go a long way towards keeping your eyes healthy.
“While research into vitamin supplements and their effect on eye health is ongoing, there have already been several national clinical studies that have demonstrated a positive effect towards slowing the progression of macular degeneration,” CEENTA Ophthalmologist Craig Self, MD, said.
Vitamin A helps protect the cornea, which is the visual surface of the eye. A healthy, clear cornea is necessary for good vision. In addition to eating foods rich in vitamin A, eye drops that contain vitamin A are good for treating dry eyes. Beta-carotene, a compound found in plants and fruits, is also known to promote eye health and vision. When consumed, the body converts it into vitamin A.
Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin E might also help with eyesight. Fish like salmon and tuna have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Spinach, kale, broccoli, peas, and avocados are full of nutrients that can help delay the onset or progression of macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs, whole grains, citrus fruits, and berries may also help maintain your eyes’ health.
Carrots are arguably the most famous food cited for improving your eyesight, specifically night vision. However, while carrots are high in beta-carotene, it would be extremely difficult and unrealistic to eat enough carrots to significantly improve your night vision.
Vitamin supplements can be an effective alternative if you can’t eat enough of these foods in your regular diet. However, you should always check with your doctor before taking any vitamin supplements.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. To make an appointment with Dr. Self or any of CEENTA’s Ophthalmologists, please call 704-295-3000.