Your general health plays a large role in your eye health. However, some nutrients can protect your eyes, reduce your chances of age-related degenerative diseases, and maintain optimal eye function. Here are five vital vitamins and nutrients to promote healthy eyes.

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids plays two roles in healthy eye function. First, it can reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy when taken daily (on advice of a medical professional). It can also have a profound effect on the symptoms of dry eyes.

For natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids, choose oily fish such as salmon, sardines, trout, and mackerel. Vegans can also purchase supplements made from microalgae.

  1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency is among the most common causes of blindness across the globe. Insufficient vitamin A consumption can lead to dry eyes, night blindness, and more serious conditions.

You can find vitamin A in animal-based foods such as egg yolks, dairy products, and liver. Provitamin A carotenoids are found in leafy greens, tomatoes, and yellow or orange vegetables.

  1. Vitamin C

The liquid inside your eyes contains more vitamin C than any other bodily fluid. This vitamin serves as an antioxidant. People with lower levels of vitamin C may have a higher chance of developing cataracts.

Levels of vitamin C in your eye fluids are directly proportional to your consumption of the nutrient. You can find it in foods such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, kale, and broccoli.

  1. Lutein and Zeaxanthin

These yellow carotenoid antioxidants act as a natural sunblock for your eyes. Scientists believe they play a vital role in protecting your eyes from blue light. They may also reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration.

You can find these nutrients in foods such as green peas, pistachios, spinach, kale, egg yolks, sweet corn, and red grapes.

  1. Vitamin E

This nutrient protects your eyes against harmful oxidation. It can also help prevent age-related cataracts, retinal degeneration, and blindness. Studies show consuming this vitamin through supplements has less effect than consuming it in foods.

Foods high in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, and vegetable oils.

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