Can You Take Vitamins to Promote Eye Health?

caucasian female with clean skin laughing with closed eyes and showing half of fresh orange while advertising benefits of vitamin CThe health of your eyes is our sole concern at Wilkinson Eye Center. From comprehensive eye exams to retinal laser surgery and everything in between, we do everything we can to keep you seeing clearly, whether to better see the puck at a Red Wings game or to better see the outdoor beauty all across Michigan.

In our first blog of 2022, we got into that timeworn advice from your mom about eating your carrots for your eyesight. Turns out she had a point, along with a bunch of other foods we discussed.

You’ve also probably heard that vitamin supplements can help your eyes. As with certain foods, directly supplementing your diet with certain vitamins, think of them as vision supplements, can help.

Let’s get into vitamins for your eyes in January’s second New Year blog at Wilkinson.

Are there benefits to taking vision supplements?

You’ve probably seen advertisements for vision-targeting supplements. Studies conducted on these vision-related supplements are mixed. For people at high risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), supplements decreased their risk of developing the condition by 25 percent. But for people who did not have an increased risk of developing AMD, supplements did not show a significant effect. So, while there is no downside to taking supplements, the results are mixed.

What vitamins benefit the eyes?

But for overall eye health, research has shown the value of multivitamins in helping to keep the eyes healthy. Certain vitamins and nutrients play a key role in oxidative changes and the reduction of inflammation associated with the progression of degenerative eye diseases.

Vitamin A, and its precursor, known as beta-carotene, is essential in improving night vision. B-complex vitamins help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent vascular problems, particularly in the retina. Vitamin C is not only a powerful antioxidant, but can also be taken to reduce the risk for cataracts. Vitamin D has been associated with a reduced risk for macular degeneration, and vitamin E has been used in AREDS studies and has been proven to lower the risk of developing cataracts.

Of course, the question is, do you need to take a supplement to get these vitamins? It depends, if you eat plenty of fruit and drink milk or eat yogurt, you probably get enough C and D. If you don’t, a vitamin supplement could be beneficial.

If you have any questions about keeping your eyes healthy, call us at Wilkinson Eye Center and let’s talk about them. Otherwise, if it’s time for your regular eye exam, give us a call at (248) 334-4931 to schedule your appointment.

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