Diet and the Eye

Nutrition and Eye Health

Maintaining good nutrition affects every aspect of your health, so it is also important in preserving the health of your eyes.

Why is Nutrition Important for Good Vision?

A low fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains can help your heart as well as your eyes. Your eyes rely on many small blood vessels for oxygen and nutrients, just as the heart relies on larger vessels. Keeping those arteries healthy will help your eyes. 

What should I Eat to Keep My Eyes Healthy?

Can I Get Eye Nutrients through Vitamin Supplements?

In general, most people can get and should get enough nutrients through their diet of eating healthy foods without needing to take supplements. 

People who have Age-Related Macular Degeneration are the exception: In this case taking the AREDS2 supplements is recommended. The Age Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2), sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), showed that supplementation with certain micronutrients reduces by 25% the progression of dry AMD into the more advanced stage in which vision loss occurs. Ask your doctor at your next eye exam. 

Start Eating Healthy Today

No matter your age, it’s not too late to start eating healthy. Start eating well now to benefit your vision and your health for the rest of your life.  

Author
Guy Brignola, OD Guy Brignola, OD Guy Brignola, OD, is a board-certified optometrist treating patients in and around Trappe, Blue Bell, and North Wales, Pennsylvania, at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC. He has been practicing as an optometrist in the Philadelphia area for nearly 20 years, bringing extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, preoperative evaluations, and post-operative care to the practice.

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