Illinois Eye Center is committed to helping patients maintain good eye health, and we understand that this goes beyond just treating eye conditions. While we provide treatments, medications, and assistive devices like glasses to support our patients, we also recognize that there are measures patients can take in their daily lives to promote healthy vision.
One of the most important steps patients can take is to ensure they have proper nutrition, including vitamins and supplements that can support eye health. However, it’s important to note that this should not be the only focus. A balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as regular exercise and good hygiene practices, are also important factors in maintaining good vision.
To support eye health, here are some specific vitamins and supplements to consider:
- Vitamin A: Essential for the health of the retina, vitamin A can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, and animal-derived foods like liver, milk, and egg yolks.
- Vitamin C: As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect the eyes from damage caused by harmful particles. Good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers, and broccoli.
- Vitamin E: Another antioxidant, vitamin E plays a role in maintaining the health of the retina and macula. Good sources include almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and avocado.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Important for maintaining the health of the retina and macula, omega-3s can be found in fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel, as well as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin: These carotenoids have been shown to play a role in maintaining eye health by protecting against damage caused by blue light and oxidative stress. Good sources include spinach, kale, collard greens, corn, and eggs.
By incorporating these vitamins and supplements into a balanced diet, patients can take an active role in promoting their own eye health. At Illinois Eye Center, we are committed to providing patients with the information and resources they need to support healthy vision for a lifetime. If you have specific questions about how to maintain healthy vision, schedule a routine exam and consultation with one of Illinois Eye Center’s skilled doctors today.