Nutrition and the Eyes
There are certain nutrients that can help keep the eye healthy and prevent eye disease.
Some of these include:
Omega 3 fatty acids- Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in fish or taken as a supplement. Fish high in omega 3 include sardines, salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Omega 3 fatty acids can help improve dryness in the eyes. The can also decrease the risk and progression of macular degeneration.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin- These are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables or can be taken as a supplement. Lutein and Zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of macular degeneration and also slow down its progression.
Vitamin C - An antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C can lower the risk of cataract formation.
Zinc- Zinc is found in food sources such as oysters, tofu, wheat germ, and beef. Zinc has been shown to protect eyes against macular degeneration and night blindness.
Jennine Lutz, O.D.