Doctor insights on:
Lutein Eye Drops
Yes: Lutein (which you can only get into your system through your diet) is a carotenoid, but unlike beta carotene, does not convert to vitamin a in the body. Zeaxanthin and lutein are the only carotenoids known to concentrate specifically in the eye. They are believed to help filter damaging light and prevent free radical damage to the delicate structures in the back of the eye. ...Read more
Yes: Zeaxanthin and lutein are the only carotenoids known to concentrate specifically in the eye. They are believed to help filter damaging light and prevent free radical damage to the delicate structures in the back of the eye, and is useful in a number of eye problems. For example, you can take it to prevent or slow macular degeneration., may improve vision for cataract sufferers too. ...Read more
Not likely: These two components have been suggested as an adjunct to help prevent the progression of older folks macular degeneration. Deficiency of these in young persons has never been identified and the studies for macular degeneration are rather weak. It is unlikely at your age that these will be of benefit. ...Read more
Lutein: Is an essential micronutrient (vitamin) for the retina. It is found in dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale and mustard greens and in egg yolks. There is some evidence that lutein may be helpful in prevention of macular degeneration. So be like popeye and eat your spinach. ...Read more
I am 27 years old and I have dry eyes. Would the foodsrich in lutein help me? If not, what's the permanent solution to get more lubricity in the eyes?
Not really: Lutein is one of the components of the macular area and has been suggested as a possible ameliorative agent for older folks macular degeneration. It has a yellowish color and to the extent that the macular area, has this tint, then lutein might contribute. But supplementary lutein will not change this and it is the back of the eye so not observable in the mirror. ...Read more