Want to know the easiest way to improve your overall eye health? The answer is in your diet!

Many people consider vision their most valuable sense and want to do everything possible to retain the best vision possible throughout their life.  Recent and emerging research is making a clear connection between eye health and nutritional choices.  Whether it be through diet alone or by nutritional supplements, the following nutrients can play a vital role in maintaining and retaining your vision:

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

These are two nutrients that are found primarily in leafy, green vegetables such as kale and spinach.  They are also found in other common foods such as eggs.  Emerging research is pointing to lutein and zeaxanthin as being essential for reducing the risk of eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.  This antioxidant is found in fruits and vegetables, the most famous of which is the orange.  Research shows that vitamin C can lower the risk of development of cataracts when taken with other essential nutrients.  Vitamin C has also been shown to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and normal visual acuity loss with age.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in nuts, sweet potatoes and fortified cereals.  It is an antioxidant that is believed to protect the eye from free radicals which can break down healthy eye tissue.

Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids help to maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuels cells and boosts the immune system.  Omega-3 fatty acids are shown to be essential for proper visual development and retinal function.

Nutritional Resources

Nutrition.gov

USDA

American Optometric Association