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Eye Care Questions: Can Vitamins Improve Your Vision?

January 31, 2012

Can vitamins prevent the need for corrective lenses or LASIK surgery?

As an eye care practice, many people will often come to us for advice on the care and keeping of their eyes―looking for truthful answers to all of the popular eye care myths, seeking out advice for a specific vision problem or symptom that they may have. However, there is one question that we frequently receive from patients of all ages and vision types: what changes can I make in my life and/or diet to improve my eyesight once and for all?

Many people have usually heard the old wives tale that says that carrots are a “miracle vegetable” for your eyes, and that including a lot of carrots in your diet can turn your poor vision to 20/20 in no time. Over time, this myth continued to spread and grow until many people were looking for other vegetables or foods that were rich in “miracle vitamins” that would fix even the worst pair of eyes.

And while many of the vitamins and nutrients found in these eye foods are beneficial and good for your vision, there is one particular aspect to this rumor that needs to be set straight once and for all: eating carrots or other foods rich in vitamins will not improve your vision.

The only proven and guaranteed way to improve your eyesight is through the use of corrective lenses or surgery. However, that’s not to say that you still cannot include these beneficial foods in your daily diet. But first, it is important that you understand what exactly these eye foods can do for your vision, and how you can improve your eyesight once and for all.

Benefits of Vitamins on Eyesight

Many different studies have shown that certain vitamins and nutrients can have various positive, protective effects on vision and eyesight. For instance, a healthy intake of vitamin C has been shown to lower the risk of cataracts in older adults, as well as promote the proper functioning of many different systems within the body, including the eyes. Vitamin A is also a helpful aid in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration, conditions which can result in visual loss.

However, vitamins are not the only beneficial substances for your eyes. Antioxidant supplements can also benefit people who suffer from age-related eye problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration―the most common cause of blindness among older people in developed countries.

How to Improve Your Vision

As mentioned above, the only sure fire way to improve your eyesight is through the use of glasses, contacts or corrective surgery. Here at OCLI, we employ the latest advances in LASIK surgery to provide patients with the highest level of vision possible. Most of our patients who have undergone LASIK have been able to achieve 20/20 vision or better without glasses.

If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits of LASIK surgery, be sure to sign up for our free vision consultation today. Start your 2012 off right by taking the right steps to improve your vision once and for all.


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