Vitamins & Nutrients Key to Eye Health

 

We all understand that the key to a healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet. Same holds true with healthy eyes and vision. The eye needs the right balance of essential vitamins and nutrients to function (not just carrots), and certain formulations of vitamins and nutrients are proven to aid in the prevention of blinding eye diseases like macular degeneration.

Learn more about the important eye vitamins and nutrients as well as Doctor approved eye nutraceuticals available over the counter at The Optical. Co.

 
 

Lutein

Primarily found in the macula. Lutein is an important part of protecting the retinal cells by filtering damaging blue light as it enters the eye.

Vitamin A

Essential in eye surface health and helping tear production as well as the the retina's processing of light.

Vitamin B12

This powerful group of vitamins is proven to help mitigate the effects of age related eye health issues. Vitamin B12 can be found in rice, liver and dark leafy greens.

Vitamin C

An essential vitamin and antioxidant, Vitamin C is crucial for the cellular adhesions in the eyes and the brain.

Vitamin D3

Deficiency of this vitamin is linked to age related eye health issues. Vitamin D3 can be found in salmon and tuna.

Vitamin E

An essential vitamin that slows cellular aging and strengthens blood vessels. Vitamin E can be found in almonds, spinach, and chard.

Omega-3

An essential nutrient that promotes eye, heart and skin health. Deficiency in Omega-3 can result in poor eye and brain function. Omega-3 can be found in cold-water fish, flaxseed, and walnuts.

CoQ10

Important for blood vessel health and the generation of energy of heart, brain and eye cells. Coenzyme Q10 can be found in meats, soy oil, and fish

Evening Primrose Oil

An oil that assists the beneficial effects of Omega-3s.

 

Zeaxanthin

The most critical nutrient need for vision protection and improvement. Zeaxanthin acts as internal sunglasses for vision by protecting it from harmful blue light and other oxidants. While scarce in the typical diet, small amounts can be found in corn, peppers, and egg yolks.

Green Tea Leaf Extract

A group of antioxidants with broad benefits for the body and brain.

Curcumin

A group of antioxidants with broad benefits for the body, brain, and eyes. Curcumin is commonly found in turmeric root.

Zinc

A key mineral important for metabolism and eye health. While zinc is beneficial in many ways, many people should avoid supplemental doses of zinc. Before starting any eye vitamins you should always have your Optometrist perform a simple Macular Risk DNA test to see if you should avoid extra zinc. Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds, garlic, and dark chocolate.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

An antioxidant found in dark, leafy greens that works with Vitamins C & E to maintain eye health.

Mixed Tocopherols

Essential in slowing cellular aging and strengthening blood vessels.

Benfotiamine

A powerful antioxidant and relative of Vitamin B1. It supports a healthy nervous system and healthy blood vessels in those concerned with blood glucose levels. Benfotiamine can be found in crushed garlic, onions, and leeks.