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Aug 16, 2019

Can Supplements Improve Eye Health and Vision?

by: Helen Korneffel

Kellogg Eye Center ophthalmologists explain which vitamins and supplements are actually good for your eyes.

You’ve probably heard someone say, “Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes.” You may have also seen advertisements for nutritional supplements for eye health.

What minerals and vitamins benefit your eyes most?

A few nutrients can help maintain eye function, protect against harmful light and reduce the development of age-related degenerative diseases of the eye.

But more research is needed to help eye care professionals advise patients on whether they should regularly take a supplement.

“In most cases, these studies are of short duration and are too variable for us to make any solid conclusions,” says Adrienne West, M.D., a comprehensive ophthalmologist at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D., a Kellogg glaucoma specialist, says studies also need to be thorough and include comparisons between those who take eye supplements and those who don’t.

While few studies support positive claims about supplements, the age-related eye disease study (AREDS) is an exception. The research showed a group getting a specialized blend of vitamin and mineral supplements had a 25 percent lower risk of worsening of age-related macular degeneration. 

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