Maintaining Healthy Eyes with Vitamins
The American Optometric Association recognizes these 5 vitamins as crucial to maintaining the health of your eyes:
Supplementing these vitamins is not necessary if you have a well balanced diet.
Vitamins for Patients with Macular Degeneration
Vitamins for macular degeneration have been studied and vetted by the AREDS and AREDS2 scientific studies. Our clinic recommends these vitamins for anyone who has or is at risk of macular degeneration. There are several brands of macular degeneration vitamins, all which are good. Here is a short overview of the differences between them:
ARED's (Macular Degeneration) Ingredients & Risks
Lutein, zeaxanthin, green leafy vegetables (kale and spinach), vitamin C, E, Omega 3, Zinc. Large amounts of Vitamin E carries the risk of hemorrhagic strokes and increased risk of prostate cancer.
Vitamins for Other Ocular Disease
Not all these vitamins have been clinically proven to be significantly effective in patients, and should be taken with caution. Let your doctors know which vitamins you are taking.
In our office, we frequently recommend vitamins for dry eye and macular degeneration, but not for other ocular disease. Taking vitamins is never a suitable alternative to regular visits to your medical professional and following their treatment plan.
Lysle Shaw-McMinn, O.D.
Dr. Lysle graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 2014. His knowledge of technology and enthusiasm for pediatric and senior care has brought him to work with us in Sun City Vision Center.
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