Modern life exacts a tremendous toll on our eyes, especially as we spend more and more time in front of screens of all sizes! Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your vision clear and sharp.
To protect eyes, get regular eye exams, exercise, eat a balanced diet, and choose a few key supplements.
Vitamins and Minerals
Beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) and vitamins C and E are important nutrients for healthy eyes. A 2010 study concluded that supplements of vitamins A, C, and E, along with zinc, may work to prevent advanced age-related macular degeneration in people at high risk for the disease.
Other research indicates there may be a link between glaucoma and deficiencies in vitamins C and E.
Studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed oils may lower the risk of cataracts and prevent the progression of macular degeneration.
Studies show that supplementation with the lutein and zeaxanthin—natural red, yellow, orange, and green pigments found in fruits and vegetables—can help reduce symptoms of visual fatigue and improve vision, particularly contrast sensitivity, in people who spend long hours in front of a computer.
They can also help protect your eyesight into the future. A scientist at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry reviewed studies on dietary supplements to promote eye health, and concluded that the research supports the use of lutein and zeaxanthin “to promote optimal visual function and decrease risk for AMD and cataracts.”