9 Nutrients That Play Important Roles in Eye Health

Park 04-04-16 1009466 Michelle MeiklejohnSnacking on carrots, oranges, walnuts and almonds can help Raleigh and Durham area residents do their part to maintain peak eye health. Patients of the Triangle-based Park Ophthalmology sometimes ask Dr. Beth R. Friedland whether multivitamins or specific foods contribute to maintaining good vision. Although it sounds like an old wives’ tale, carrots indeed are really are good for the eyes. Certain fish, dairy products, fruits and even some beverages also are beneficial.

Here are nine excellent nutrients good for the eyes: 

  • Beta-carotene: This nutrient is found in carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach and butternut squash.
  • Bioflavonoids: Blueberries, cherries, citrus fruits, soy, legumes, tea and wine all contain bioflavonoids.
  • Lutein: Scientists theorize that lutein protects the eye from sunlight damage. Eat kiwis, grapes, corn, orange peppers, broccoli and squash to add lutein to the diet.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: These acids are essential to human health but cannot be made by the body. Topping the list of foods with omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, flaxseeds and chia seeds. Other sources include walnuts and cold-water fish such as mackerel.
  • Selenium: Besides adding omega-3 fatty acids, seafood also contributes selenium. Brown rice and Brazil nuts are additional sources.
  • Vitamin A: Eggs, butter and milk are primary sources for Vitamin A.
  • Vitamin C: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C. These include red and green peppers, strawberries, oranges, broccoli and cantaloupe.
  • Vitamin D: Both vitamins D and E may help prevent macular degeneration. Sunlight contributes to the body’s manufacture of Vitamin D while food sources include salmon, sardines and dairy products.
  • Vitamin E: Research suggests that Vitamin E may help prevent cataract formation. This nutrient is found in almonds, grain cereals, sunflower seeds, peanuts and sweet potatoes.

If you are concerned that your diet lacks the essential ingredients for the best eye health, ask Dr. Friedland during your annual exam whether a multi-vitamin or supplement is appropriate. Call Park Ophthalmology today to set up an appointment for an exam and consultation.


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.

Photo: Michelle Meiklejohn, freedigitalphotos


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