Good nutrition is important for health and eye health is no exception. There’s the old maxim about carrots being good for your eyes! (They are in fact!) But your eyes can benefit from you eating a balanced diet. A variety of foods (including carrots) contain antioxidants which are good for your eye health.

Sometimes vision problems can be a result of dietary deficiencies but nutritional supplements should only be taken in consultation with your optometrist or health professional.

How nutrition helps your eyes

Vitamin E
Seeds, fruit and seed oils
Vitamin E is important for the health of the retina. This is the part of your eye which collects light.
Vitamin C
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Long term consumption of vitamin C has been proved to reduce the risk of developing cataracts.
Nuts, beans, seafood and meat
Zinc has been proved to reduce the risk of macular degeneration as well as slow the progression of the disease in existing cases.
Lutein & zeaxanthin
Corn, spinach, cabbage, oranges, celery and red peppers
These antioxidants may reduce the risk of developing cataracts and play other crucial roles in maintaining eye health; helping to filter out damaging blue light and keeping the macula healthy.
Bread, fish and brazil nuts
This is a trace mineral. It helps keep the retina functioning well.
Coenzyme Q10
Fish, meat, peanuts and whole grains
This coenzyme has been shown to stimulate the immune system and maintain eye health.
Asparagus, onion, garlic, watermelon, avocado and eggs
Glutathione has been shown to prevent cataracts in animal studies. It may also help to reduce eye pressure in those with glaucoma.
Lipoic Acid
Yeast, red meat, potatoes and spinach
There is some promising, emerging evidence that lipoid acid reduces the incidence of cataracts.