Can Nutritional Supplements Improve Vision?
Nutritional supplements may help reduce risks for certain eye diseases, but claims that vitamins, minerals, or herbs can improve vision have not been substantiated. However, there is ample evidence that diets high in certain vitamins and minerals can help prevent and even be useful in treating a number of age-related vision disorders.
Studies conducted by the National Eye Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, suggest that diets high in nutrient dense fruits and vegetables can reduce risks for macular degeneration and cataracts. If you are not able to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, the NEI recommends taking supplements that contain:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E
- Carotenoids such as Lutein and zeaxanthin
- Phytochemicals including ginko biloba and ginseng
- Bio flavonoids
- Omega-3 fatty acids
It is important to remember that not all supplements provide bioavailable nutrients and there is significant evidence that suggests not all supplements are equally effective. Plano eye doctor Dain Brooks would be happy to discuss what to look for in a vision supplement and to help you choose which nutrients are best for your needs during your regularly scheduled vision examinations.
To schedule an appointment with our Plano eye doctor, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today. In addition to Plano, Dr. Brooks serves Dallas and surrounding Texas communities.