Ocular Vitamins are good for your Eyes

A healthy diet is generally should provide you with all the essential ocular vitamins and minerals your body requires. However, some people need may need to take a supplement if advised by their doctor. Ocular vitamins supply a person with the extra vitamins if they have macular degeneration or dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the eyes don’t make enough tears. There are many treatments for dry eyes and vitamins can help. Macular degeneration is a condition where vision is lost in the macula. If you have a family history of macular degeneration, our Optometrist in lincoln park recommends taking ocular vitamins.The macula is responsible for our central vision. Ocular vitamins can also help with this condition.

Eye Health and Ocular Vitamins

More research is definitely needed but there is a link between good eye health and ocular vitamins. Areds 2 studies have identified the six nutrients that are the best for our eye health. We have found that in seniors that ocular vitamins are beneficial. They may have poor dietary intake of vitamins due to digestive problems. Studies have shown that taking antioxidants vitamins A, C, E and the mineral zinc may prevent age related macular degeneration from developing. Also taking thiamine( Vitamin B1) could help prevent cataracts, which is a clouding of the lens within the eye. Taking supplements should always be discussed with your doctor.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency is common in individuals with dry eyes. This is caused by poor diet and food deprivation in poorer countries. You may also be deficient in Vitamin A if you have a bowl condition that reduces the absorption of nutrients from foods. Vitamin drops are available and can help with an individual with dry eyes. There can be side effects with taking Vitamin A. If you have Stargardt’s disease, rod-cone dystrophy or any other retinal conditions affected by taking Vitamin A. Excessive use of Vitamin A is not recommended due to stomach pain, head pain and irritability. So definitely consult with your doctor before taking supplements.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is shown to cause dry eye symptoms in patients. They play an important role in producing a protective coating for our tears. It may also reduce inflammation of the front surface of the eye. They can reduce symptoms of dry eyes, redness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light and fatigue. You don’t want to take too much Vitamin D. Complications can cause too much calcium in your blood. This can cause nausea, poor appetite, frequent urination and kidney problems.

Omega-3’s

The American Optometric Association says that Omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful to treat dry eyes. In my experience high quality Omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial over time. Higher quality is more absorbed readily than lesser quality. They can reduce the symptoms of dryness or irritation in a patient with dry eyes. Omega-3’s fatty acids are DHA and EPA. With any supplement, taking too much can have consequences. Always consult with your doctor. Fish is a great source of omega-3’s such as mackerel, tuna, salmon and sardines.

Superfoods that have lots of Ocular Vitamins

Here is our list of top superfoods that are great for your health and vision:

Spinach: Spinach is a great source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and vitamins. They can help promote bone and vision health. Great source of calcium.

Carrots: who doesn’t love carrots. My dog loves them. This guy has tons of vitamin A, protects you from uv radiation, contains carotenoids, and is great for your eyes.

Blueberries: Blueberries are nutritionally filled with fiber, vitamin C and cancer fighting compounds.

Strawberries: Strawberries are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is full of antioxidants, which help build and repair the body’s tissues. They also boost immunity and help fight free radicals, great for eye health.

Walnuts: Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids. This wonderful nut is great for brain function, cancer prevention thru antioxidants and of course eye health.

Avocado: This fatty fruit is great for our brains. It can increase blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce cholesterol.

Peppers: Peppers have a high concentration of vitamin C. They contain beta-carotene which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidants benefits.

Sweet potatoes: Ah sweet potatoes. Not only are they delicious. They contain lots of vitamin C and vitamin A. They can help boost immunity and help with body tissue repair.

Broccoli: Broccoli is lean and mean and packed with vitamins, minerals, disease fighting compounds called flavonoids and fiber that is essential in any diet.

Salmon: Salmon is a heart healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids. Which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also help protect you from the sun and great for the health of your eyes.

Kale: This dark leafy vegetable is packed full of nutrition. It provides more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Great source of iron, calcium and fiber.

Brussel Sprouts: Contains many vitamins and minerals. One of my favorites to eat. Has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties.

Apples: You know the old saying” An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” can help with weight control, has high fiber, more saliva production, decrease risk of diabetes.

There are other sources of ocular vitamins. I certainly didn’t mean to offend any that were not on my list. As always, consult with your doctor about taking any form of vitamins and alternative therapy. There are many treatments available to use in conjunction with vitamins. Always get advice from your eye doctor for additional information. If you are having any questions or want to schedule an eye exam with our Lincoln Park Optometrist please call us or schedule online at Eye Mechanix.com.

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