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Are eye health supplements effective?

Are eye health supplements effective?

To some degree: Most supplements have little benefit for the eye's health. A large study called areds found that patients at high risk for developing macular degeneration showed decreased risk with use of a combination of vitamins a, e, c, zinc and copper. No other scientific study has shown a true benefit (or necessity) of supplements to ward off disease in otherwise healthy eyes. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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What is the best medicine or supplement for eye health?

Many: There are many vitamin supplements for eye health. Most contain a wide variety of vitamins, including anti-oxidant vitamins like lutein. There is no dependable information that one brand is significantly better than another. Commonly used vitamins include centrum silver, ocuvite, and numerous others. These are probably most useful if you have early macular degeneration, or if it runs in the family. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any good eye supplements for eye health?

Can you tell me any good eye supplements for eye health?

Several: Lutein and zeaxanthin (yellow peppers, chard, broccoli, mangoes) are antioxidants that help protect the eye. Some other supplements good for the eye are selenium, zinc, beta carotene, and vitamins a, c, and e. ...Read more

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What herbs are recommended to enhance eye health?

What herbs are recommended to enhance eye health?

It's long been known: ...That beta carotene containing vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.) are good for your eyes and vision. Will they make bad vision better? No. Will they help to maintain good function? Yes. ...Read more

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What kind of foods promote good eye health?

What kind of foods promote good eye health?

Many: There are several food ingredients that reduce the risk of eye disease. This includes lutein and zeaxanthin which is found in dark green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach; fish oil; flax-seed oil, anti-oxidant vitamins (vit a, c, e and zinc). ...Read more

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Could roller coasters affect eye health?

Could roller coasters affect eye health?

Unlikely: While anyone with fragile eyes (recent surgery for instance) should stay off roller coasters, most who can withstand this activity will not endanger their eyes. ...Read more

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Which is the best vitamin for eye health?

Which is the best vitamin for eye health?

Anti-oxidant vitamin: I recommend an anti-oxidant vitamin with zinc and you want to take fish oil as well. ...Read more

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What food is good for eye health maintenance?

What food is good for eye health maintenance?

Sunglasses, diet: Easiest and most simple ways to protect your eye health are: 1). Protect your eyes from potential injury with safety glasses when working with tools, or for paintball, racquet sports etc. 2). Wear sunglasses when in bright light for extended periods. 3). Eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, spinach, etc. 4). Have regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can having chronic sinusitis affect eye health?

Can having chronic sinusitis affect eye health?

It is possible: It depends on how severe the sinusitis is. In some patients untreated sinusitis will lead to eye complications: double vision, severe eye infections, and even blindness. These orbital complications of sinusitis will require both medical and surgical intervention. One should see an ENT doctor as the initial step and depending on the exam, the ENT may need to consult with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can I improve my eye health while sitting at a monitor 14hrs a day?

How can I improve my eye health while sitting at a monitor 14hrs a day?

Periodic rest: First, get a thorough eye exam to ensure there is no pathology or refractive error (i.e. Need glasses). Studies have shown that automatic blinking rates decrease with computer use. Some tips include: periodic rest, an ergonomic sitting and looking setup, extra blinking and or artificial tears as necessary. ...Read more

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If I have poor night vision, does that mean that my eye health is pretty bad?

If I have poor night vision, does that mean that my eye health is pretty bad?

Get checked out: Although reversible loss of night vision may be associated with vitamin a deficiency, this is not likely in developed countries with normal diet. How long have you had poor night vision? Do you have congenital hearing loss? Loss of night vision may more likely be secondary to a variety of retinal dystrophies, including, most notably, retinitis pigmentosa (rp). When associated with congenital hearing loss, rp is part of usher’s syndrome. Symptoms are progressive nyctalopia (night vision loss) and constriction of visual fields (ie: inability to see immediate surroundings like stair rails or peripheral traffic when gazing forward). Other conditions may cause similar symptoms but are less common. Diagnosis is made by ophthalmologic examination including ophthalmoscopy, erg and visual field testing. Cataracts may occur and further impair vision. Unfortunately, there is presently no recommended therapy to arrest or cure these conditions but research is being conducted into the effects of neuroprotective agents as well as surgical remedies with stem cell and retinal pigment epithelial replacement. Please have your eyes dilated and examined. ...Read more

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Could wearing power-less spectacles also affect one's eye health and eyesight?

Could wearing power-less spectacles also affect one's eye health and eyesight?

Yes and No: Under the age of 10 when the visual system is still developing it is essential to wear the correct prescription. Over that age, wearing the wrong prescription will not damage your eyes, you just won't see as well. ...Read more

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Why do people take a risk on their eye health for vanity with lasik, lid lifts. Etc?

Why do people take a risk on their eye health for vanity with lasik, lid lifts. Etc?

It depends: Sometimes people's vision is so affected by overhanging lids (yes its a medical condition) or by being born with poor vision that these procedures are real boons to quality of life, which is important. Anyone doing it for vanity is, well, doing it for vanity, which is it's own story. ...Read more

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What vitamins are good for eye health?

What vitamins are good for eye health?

Hmmm: Best for eyes: wear good sunglasses in sun, goggles when doing anything that makes chips, dust or sparks; avoid over-drying (drink water, eat plenty of healthy oil) & remember to blink. Staring at screens reduces blinking in a way that books do not. If you eat a good diet, you don't need more than rda dose of vitamin a, d&e unless your eye doc says so. See eye doc yearly for pressure check after 40. ...Read more

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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Eye Health (Definition)

Eye health involves the function and vision of the eye and all ...Read more