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Eye care: Eating the proper foods to benefit the eyes

Do you know which vitamins are the best ones for your eye health? As you age, these vitamins are even more important to your eye health. Glaucoma, cataracts. Retinopathy and macular degeneration are all conditions that can affect your eyes and health, especially in your senior years.

One way to combat these diseases of the eye are taking vitamins or supplements in pill or capsule form. However, your body doesn't always absorb the vitamins due to other medications you may be taking or because of the form of the vitamins and not 100% soluble. If your vitamin supplement is not soluble, it cannot be absorbed by your body.

I grew up hearing my mother say, "Eat your carrots. They are good for your eyes." Carrots are good for your eyes, but there are other foods too, that are even better for your eyes and for preventing diseases or lost vision. Here are several ways to aid in better eye care:

Eye Health and Regular Checkups

You should also make sure you get an annual checkup by an ophthalmologist, who specializes in the treatments of eye disorders and the treatments for those who are going blind. An optometrist is a doctor who specializes in eye examinations and determines your visual abilities. He may also determine you have an eye disease, but does not treat them. This is why it is best to go to an ophthalmologist to begin with.


The easiest way to get the vitamins you need for your eye health is through your diet and eating foods that vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is readily found in green leafy vegetables, white potatoes, citrus fruits, berries, and melons. Vitamin C is essential for lowering your risk for any development of cataracts. When you combine Vitamin C with Vitamin E, you can lower your risks of cataracts even more and also slow down the progression of macular degeneration of the eyes due to increased age. Vitamin E can be found in nuts and wheat germ.


Zinc is an important mineral for eye health. It aids in transporting vitamin A from the liver to the eye, which is responsible for the pigment of melanin, which helps to protect your eyes. When your body does not have enough zinc, it could cause blurred vision at night or even cataracts.

Foods that are rich in zinc are red meats, liver, tofu, whole grains, poultry and shellfish.


Carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, are another source of compounds that work to protect healthy cells in the eyes and filter out those rays that can be harmful. They also lower your risk of forming cataracts. By eating rich sources of these two compounds, you can reduce your risk of developing cataracts by as much as 23%. Kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggs, corn, and romaine lettuce are good sources of these carotenoids.

Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are required for maintaining healthy nerve cells and also boost your immune system. You can get sources of Omega-3 fatty acids from eating fish on a regular basis, such as salmon, halibut, tilapia or even from scallops.

By eating foods that have been determined to aid in keeping your eyes healthy, you can prolong your vision, prolong developing cataracts or macular degeneration due to old age.


WebMD: Good Foods for Eye Health

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