Eating Right For Sight

Published: August 10, 2021

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology states “foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids are linked to lower risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, and perhaps even dry eye, later in life.”(1)

According to the academy, a nutrient-rich diet that can boost eye health, emphasizes:

  • Vitamin C – oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers
  • Vitamin E – almonds, olive oil, avocadoes, sunflower seeds
  • Zinc – legumes, seeds, meat/seafood, dairy, eggs
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin – leafy green vegetables, broccoli, asparagus, raspberries, papaya, peaches(1)

The best way to get the vitamins and nutrients is through a healthy diet, as opposed to supplements, according to a leading health center. However, there is an exception: people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) might benefit from specific vitamins.(2) Studies show that certain vitamins in high concentrations can slow the progression of the disease. Vitamins do not prevent AMD from occurring in the first place.(2) The health center stresses that patients should speak with their doctor before taking supplements.(2)

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(1) Gregori, N. M.D., American Academy of Ophthalmology, Diet and Nutrition, https://www.aao.org/eye-health
(2) Cleveland Clinic, Should You Take Vitamins for Eye Health, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/