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Vitamins for Your Eyes, How do they work? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Vitamins for Your Eyes, How do they work?
Dr. Amy Chang

Most people understand that multivitamins help our body perform its function better by supplementing what we normally consume whether it is through food, or natural means like the sun.  Not as many people know what eye vitamins do for their eyes, so if you want to learn more, read on.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This supplement is recommended for overall health but it can do a lot for your eyes as well.  The most common reason optometrists recommend Omega 3 is for people who suffer from dry eyes, specifically a type of condition called Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) that results in dry eyes.  MGD is a common condition which the oil producing glands that are located at the base of your lid (where your eye lid meets the eye) are clogged or infected.  When they are clogged, not enough oil gets into your tears and they dry out quicker than usual..which results in dry eyes.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been found to restore the balance to the glands and when used for an extended period of  time can diminish dry eye symptoms.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the two primary compounds that make up the pigment within the eye specifically in the central retina.  These are the two ingredients found in the supplements which support eye health which are recommended for patients with macular degeneration.  The theory is that taking these supplements will increase the density of these pigments in the macula area, and help decrease the effects of aging.

Of course as with all vitamins, it is important to speak with your primary care doctor before starting any supplements especially if you have other medical conditions, as some of the ingredients in the supplements may interact with your other medications.

 

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