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Like all parts of the body, our eyes require enough of the right nutrients in order to function properly. A healthy, balanced diet is usually enough to maintain good eye health, but some people may benefit from dietary supplements to help guard against eye problems. If you’re wondering whether a multivitamin or other supplement might help your eyes, however, it’s important to seek expert advice.
Some vitamins and other nutrients are particularly important for good vision. They play a key role in eye health and help your eyes to do their job.
But before you head to the health shop, remember that it’s usually possible to achieve the required intake of all of these nutritional essentials through a balanced diet alone.
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Not all eye conditions are linked to nutrition, but scientists have found that in some cases, diet (and supplementation) can make a difference. Getting the right nutrients can boost your eye health and help prevent the development of conditions including:
Genetic eye problems like cone-rod dystrophies and Stargardts disease can be made worse by ingesting too much Vitamin A. If you have one of these conditions, it is important not to take any supplements without checking first with your doctor.
In some cases, eye problems can develop as a result of conditions like having a stroke and Type 2 diabetes. These are health conditions that are more likely to develop if you are overweight, a risk factor that can be linked to a poor diet.
Supplements aren’t the answer here, but you can improve your health before or after diagnosis by maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar levels and keeping blood pressure within healthy limits. Your diet can play a part in all of these things.
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