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Nutrition

Nutrition and your eyes

Good nutrition is good for eye and general health. A balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish provides essential antioxidants that support good eye function.

A variety of foods contain antioxidants which can help you maintain your eye health.

Nutritional supplements that support an inadequate diet should only be taken in consultation with your optometrist or other qualified health professional.

Antioxidant

Properties

Vitamin E
Seeds, fruit and seed oils
Vitamin E is important for the retina, the layer of tissue inside the eye that collects light and enables you to see.
Vitamin C
Fresh fruit and vegetables, juice
Long-term consumption of vitamin C as part of a healthy diet has been shown to contribute to cataract prevention.
Zinc
Seafood, meat, nuts and beans
In the eye, high doses of zinc, in combination with other antioxidants, have been found to significantly reduce the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration (MD). While not a cure or a means of repairing damage from MD, zinc may work to slow its progression.
Lutein & zeaxanthin
Corn, spinach, cabbage, oranges, celery and red peppers
These antioxidants play crucial roles in maintaining the health of the eyes, helping to filter out harmful blue light and quench hazardous free radicals in the macula. They may help in the prevention of cataracts.
Selenium
Bread, fish and brazil nuts
This trace mineral is important for the proper function of the retina.
Coenzyme Q10
Fish, meat, grains and peanuts
This antioxidant has been found to stimulate the immune system and may be beneficial for people with diabetes.
Glutathione
Asparagus, avocado, walnuts, garlic, eggs, onion and watermelon
Animal studies have shown glutathione to be an effective anti-cataract agent and it may help to reduce eye pressure in glaucoma patients.
Lipoic Acid
Yeast, red meat, potatoes and spinach
Promising animal studies have shown that it may help to reduce the incidence of cataracts.