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June 22, 2018
Did you know there are thirteen known vitamins which humans need to stay healthy? Three of these vitamins are vital for keeping healthy eyes: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is crucial for eye health because you need it in order to see the full spectrum of light. Without a sufficient amount of vitamin A, you may experience night blindness and dry eye. Fortunately, it’s easy to find vitamin A in leafy green vegetables, orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes, eggs, cantaloupe, mangos, apricots, peaches, and squash.
Like vitamin C, vitamin E helps reduce the risk of experiencing AMD and cataracts as you age. It also helps protect your eyes from other conditions caused by oxidation damage, which can deteriorate your eye tissue over time.
The FDA recommends consuming 22 IU of vitamin E per day. Vitamin E is found in foods such as almonds, pecans, safflower and corn oils, fortified cereals, sweet potatoes, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds. If you feel like you need to take an additional vitamin E supplement, the American Optometric Association suggests you speak with a healthcare professional first, as these supplements can have negative effects when taken with certain medications.
This vitamin is sometimes called ascorbic acid, especially in the dietary information you find on food labels. Vitamin C provides many benefits for your eyes, such as lowering the risk of developing cataracts, promoting healthy blood vessels in your eyes, and slowing down the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The FDA recommends you consume between 75-90 mg of vitamin C each day, but scientists agree that individuals experiencing high levels of stress need more than this recommended amount. You can find vitamin C in many foods you may already love! Most citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes, contain lots of vitamin C. You can also find high levels of vitamin C in strawberries, papaya, green peppers, tomatoes, and health supplements, if necessary.