Can Vitamins and Supplements Improve My Eye Health?

Can Vitamins and Supplements Improve My Eye Health?

In short, yes.. BUT not every vitamin is created equal! No supplement can 100% prevent a certain eye condition from happening. Genetics, underlying health conditions, current medications, and pure "luck" play a large part in eye health over time. Eye vitamins and supplements CAN relieve symptoms, delay progression of certain eye conditions, and promote intraocular health. Here is a comprehensive list of eye vitamins and supplements we offer for certain eye conditions:

Macular Health:

MacuHealth (compare to iCaps, Preservision, AREDS2 formula): composed of Lutein and Zeaxanthin (10:2 ratio) as well as Mesozeaxanthin for the prevention of moderate to severe dry Macular Degeneration from converting to the wet form. Wet Macular Degeneration involves blood vessels leaking beneath the macula, which can lead to severe central vision loss.

MaxiVision: Similar to MacuHealth. Formulated with the 10:2 ratio of Lutein and Xeazanthin as well as many other daily vitamins. Promoted as a daily multivitamin for adults for overall systemic and eye health.

Dry Eye:

Physician Recommended Nutraceuticals De3 Omega-3 Supplement:

This Omega is high in EPA and DHA, two key Omegas that break down easily in our bodies. Many "Fish Oils" and over the counter Omegas are not "pure" in composition. This is why many people develop gastric reflux, "fishy" burps, or indigestion after taking the supplement. Omegas in the Triglyceride form are easily digested and better absorbed for maximum benefit.

Omega 3s in high concentration have been proven to help with inflammation in the eyelids, body, and joints. For this reason, we recommend this product to most patients suffering from inflammatory dry eye and other systemic inflammatory conditions.

Why can't I just eat more fish in my diet?

The American Heart Association and the American Cardiology Association recommend 2-3 grams of Omega 3 per day. This is the equivalent of 37 cans of tuna per week! That might be a little much for the average person..

Why not Flaxseed?

The main Omega in plant sources is known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This is less easily absorbed by the body and overall, less effective. Marine-based Omegas have proved to be more absorbable and provide systemic benefits.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment:

Nuretin: This is technically not a supplement, but a nutritional FOOD that treats mild to moderate Diabetic Retinopathy. Unlike many supplements, this Omega3 is formulated in a specific concentration that would be impossible to obtain by altering one's diet alone.

The short answer is… yes. BUT not all supplements are recommended for every patient. If you have any questions, please call and ask one of our doctors about the benefits of taking an eye vitamin or supplement!