4 Essential Nutrients That Contribute to Eye Health from Park Ophthalmology

Most Triangle residents have read that eating carrots is good for vision. Although that might sound like unscientific folk wisdom, carrots really do play an important part in maintaining eye health. Ophthalmologists in the Triangle like  Beth R. Friedland MD bring professional expertise to the treatment of eye diseases, yet patients also contribute by eating certain foods that may protect eyes from cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and diminished night vision.

The staff of Park Ophthalmology makes it a priority to educate patients on how to care for their vision. A diet rich in certain nutrients is just one additional way to help.

These four essential nutrients can play crucial roles in eye health:

  • Beta-carotene: Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps the eye transmit light to the brain, allowing for better vision in low light conditions. Without sufficient Vitamin A, the corneas can dry out and become clouded. Retinas can also suffer damage without adequate Vitamin A.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin: Found in eggs, green leafy vegetables and other green or yellow vegetables, these two nutrients protect the eyes by filtering out certain wave lengths of light. According to the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Zinc: Zinc is an important chemical element that contributes to many positive health effects. In relation to vision, zinc helps the body move Vitamin A from the liver to the retina. The body must receive zinc either through supplements or food. It is found in seafood, poultry, red meat, eggs, tofu, beans and nuts.
  • Essential Fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids help the retina function and aid visual development in children. Insufficient omega-3 can contribute to dry eyes, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Sources of omega-3 include fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. To a lesser degree, omega-3 can be found in flaxseeds, chia seeds and winter squashes such as acorn, butternut and pumpkin.

Now, how do our Park Ophthalmology patients maintain eye health as they age? Contact Park Ophthalmology today and schedule an appointment with Beth R. Friedland M.D.

Dr. Friedland and our friendly and professional staff are available to answer questions about diet and vision on the first visit.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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