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Vitamins and Your Vision
Degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and even glaucoma have been shown to have slower progression in patients maintaining high levels of antioxidants and minerals. Research also indicates carotenoids may be beneficial in preventing eye diseases. Lutein, Zeaxanthin are eye specific nutrients found in the macula, which give the retinal pigment its characteristic yellow color. These nutrients have been shown to prevent harmful oxidation to the retina that often results from ultraviolet exposure, dietary deficiencies, lack of exercise, smoking, and stress.
Food Sources of Vitamins and Minerals
Foods that contain high amounts of the carotenoids offer the best concentrations of eye protective nutrients. These foods include dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, mustard, and collard greens as well as in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. Nutritional supplements offer an excellent alternative.
Our Recommendation For Vitamins
Dr. Stokol and Associates recommend the OcuSci brand of a multivitamin as the formulas include the carotenoids mentioned above, as well as many other micronutrients that are proven to be beneficial. Both the Ultra Macular and Ultra Dry Eye TG formulations can be found at our office. Ultra Macular is a complete eye and whole body dietary supplement formulated by clinicians to help slow the progression of AMD. Ultra Dry Eye TG features Omega TG-3, shown to have superior absorption to other Omega 3 forms.
Vitamins should not be taken on an empty stomach and are best taken on a daily basis.
Studies indicate that smokers who take certain antioxidant vitamins such as Beta Carotene have a much higher risk of developing lung cancer. Therefore, smokers should consult their physicians before taking any vitamin supplements.