Nutrients important to eye health

April 18, 2012

A diet rich in zinc, vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids promotes health in the aging eye, according to a multidisciplinary roundtable of experts convened by the Ocular Nutrition Society and representing the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, diet and nutrition, and primary care.

Encinitas, CA-A diet rich in zinc, vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids promotes health in the aging eye, according to a multidisciplinary roundtable of experts convened by the Ocular Nutrition Society and representing the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, diet and nutrition, and primary care.

When diet alone does not supply all needed nutrients, the group recommends that people take a general nutritional supplement as well as a supplement specifically designed for eye health.

“There is a need for guidelines that include nutritional recommendations and other lifestyle modifications to aid people in making better choices for protecting the health of their eyes as they age,” according to a statement from the group. “As such, we support new efforts to develop such guidelines as well as subsequent educational initiatives designed to raise awareness of these recommendations among public and professional audiences.”

The roundtable was sponsored by Bausch + Lomb.

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