Dr. Jim Martin 04/25/2016

pills-eyes-glasses.pngStudies have shown that certain supplements can be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision. While supplements should never replace the nutrients you get from a healthy diet, they can add to the nutrients that you are already getting from your diet.

Like your body, your eyes react negatively to a poor diet. Serious health problems are associated with unhealthy eating, including vision loss. So, what supplements should you be taking to keep your eye health strong?

A Good Foundation

To start, a diet that will help you maintain healthy eyes and good vision should contain plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, poultry and fish, and is low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.

But many people don't eat enough of the right things — like the items listed above — and settle for a low-nutrient, high-calorie diet that's harmful to the body and eyes. That's where supplements come in, including a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement, which can help prevent you from contracting degenerative eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Vitamins & Supplements

Here is a look at various vitamins and how they can help promote optimal eye health:

Vitamin A
Vitamin A has been proven to be necessary for night vision.

Vitamin B Complex
This includes a variety of B vitamins, as well as biotin and choline. These vitamins help reduce inflammation and prevent elevated homocysteine in the blood, which have been associated with retinal problems. They may also play a role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

Vitamin C
In some studies, vitamin C has been associated with a reduced risk of cataracts.

Vitamin D
Recent studies suggest that vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration

Vitamin E
Vitamin E has been associated with a reduced risk of cataracts.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These are essential nutrients and may reduce the risk of dry eye while providing other eye health benefits.

Other vitamins and minerals that have been shown to promote good eye health include zinc, selenium, thiamin lutein, zeaxanthin, phytochemical antioxidants, and bioflavonoids. If you're taking a multivitamin, make sure that it contains all of the above; if not, they can usually be purchased individually. It's important that you contact your doctor before taking any dietary supplement if you're pregnant, nursing, a smoker, or taking blood thinners. Never take more than the recommended dosage.

Taking adequate supplements and having regular eye examinations are essential to maintaining good eye health. Contact the professionals at Broome Optical in Amarillo today for an appointment.

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