An Ophthalmologist Shares the Best Vitamins for Eye Health

Unfortunately, too many of us have experienced blurry vision, dry eyes, and inflammation. And usually we pay a visit to our optometrist when eye signs get more serious. In the interim, though, there are everyday habits you can pick up that will promote healthier eyes in the long run. Speaking of which…

Recent research supports the fact that taking vitamin supplements like fish oil, vitamin C, and zinc promote eye health and reduce ailments like dryness and inflammation. One of the most important supplements—omega-3 fatty acids—have been clinically studied for their benefits on eye health. We tapped eye experts to explain exactly how to maintain healthy eyes.

"If your eyes are feeling dry, you may not be getting all the vitamins you need for optimal eye health," explains the Care/of scientific advisory team. "Taking fish oil can help alleviate eye dryness and support healthy eyes in general. Additionally, if your diet is unable to support all the vitamins you need, it’s a good time to start taking supplements like fish oil, veggie omega, zinc, or vitamin C that support eye health."

More specifically, they recommend taking two 600 milligram soft gels of fish oil or veggie omega supplements per day, while additional supplementation of zinc and vitamin C can also help promote eye health and simultaneously support a strong immune system.

Max Lugavere, brain health expert and author of Genius Foods, breaks down common causes of irritated eyes. "The eyes are vulnerable to oxidation, particularly from short wavelength blue light, which although is important for setting our body's circadian rhythms, can also create free radical stress and promote aging," he explains. "Antioxidant supplements are beneficial for protecting the eyes and can act as a natural sunscreen for the eye's delicate structures."


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Ophthalmologist Alberto Distefano, MD, of Yale School of Medicine, brings up the importance of annual eye exams after the age of 40 to catch problems such as macular degeneration before they become symptomatic.

"People with macular degeneration may show signs of blurred central vision, wavy patterns in parts of the central vision, or change in size of objects in parts of the central vision," Distefano says. "Anyone with eye or vision symptoms should see an eye doctor prior to starting any type of treatment at home to see if there's a problem and to treat it properly."

Distefano continues: "It's important to read the labels and reviews on vitamins as they are generally not regulated in manufacturing in the way other medication are. Always follow the directions, and do not take more than directed." Now that we're clear on how essential it is to take care of our eyes, here are the best vitamins for eye health.

[Ed. note: If you're experiencing eye or vision symptoms, please see an eye doctor prior to starting any type of supplement or making dietary changes.]

Let's keep the focus on your eyes. Up next, find out what your eye color says about your health.