Even people with perfect vision typically need reading glasses sometime after age 40. Fortunately, certain nutrients have been shown to play a role in protecting and preserving vision and eye health. Here are our suggestions on nourishing the eyes to slow or prevent problems.
Lutein is a carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables like leafy greens. In the body, lutein is concentrated in the macula, a part of the retina associated with the center of the visual field. Lutein functions as an antioxidant pigment protecting the macula from exposure to intense light, especially ultraviolet light. Supplemental lutein is available as a single-ingredient product, but it is more commonly combined with other eye nutrients as in Lindberg Complete Eye Support with Lutein.
Like their close relatives blueberries, bilberries are a rich source of potent antioxidant flavonoids that have protective benefits for the eyes. Like lutein, supplemental bilberry is sold as a single ingredient like Lindberg Bilberry Extract, but is more commonly combined with other eye nutrients, like Lindberg Ultimate Eye Formula.
How is your night vision? Does it take a long time to adjust to the light when you first walk into a movie theater? Maybe it’s time to check your vitamin A intake. Vitamin A is needed to produce the pigment rhodopsin, which helps you see in low-light conditions. Not only does it play an important role in protecting eye health and good vision, it has other benefits including positive effects on the immune system and skin health.
Lindberg Vitamin A 10,000 IU capsules from fish liver oil provide the active form of vitamin A. Your body can also convert beta-carotene into vitamin A on an as-needed basis.