Eye Health?

by David Jenyns

Question by Sensei Boulder: Eye Health?
What are some good things to eat that will promote and improve eyesight?. I’m a teenager so please don’t list wierd science experaments. I just need to know what types of food have nutrients and natural vitamens. If there is a vitamen that can be bought at a healthfood store or foodmart or Publix that can help. I don’t wair glasses but my mom, dad, and sister do and I wanna stop this before I have to wair them too. Thank’s
I’ve heard that too much Vitamen A is bad for you is this ture. If so then what is the proper daily amount. also I have 20/20 i just want to keep it that way.

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Answer by descendantofzeus
Vitamin A is supposed to promote good eye health. I think you find that in carrots, among other things.

Possibly more important are practicing good habits and doing eye exercises. Don’t hold reading material too close, and take time to roll your eyes, cross your eyes, and do other things that strengthen the muscles that work the lenses.

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tushanna_m March 20, 2011 at 7:24 am

There is not anything proven to eat to help hereditary eye problems in younger people (like nearsightedness). If your parents were glasses, odds are high that you will have to also. In older people, Omega-3 (100 mg to 150 mg) and Lutein (2 mg to 6 mg) supposedly help slow the aging process of the eyes. Beta-carotene is also supposed to help. I’ve always heard to “Eat your carrots, they are good for your eyes”, and guess maybe they are.

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chefantwon March 20, 2011 at 7:39 am

Vitamin A is good for eye health, if you take a simple multi vitamin, you should get all of the vitamins you need.

Eyesight problems are heredity, so you may wind up getting glasses later on in the future. I went until about 25 before I got my first pair of specs.

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Judy B March 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

Fruits and vegetables, adequate but not too much protein, complex carbs. Follow the US or Canada food guide.

No foods or supplements will prevent the need for glasses, it is largely genetic. Excess Vit A can cause serious health problems and for that reason you should avoid Vit A supplements. Generally you will not get too much Vit A from food, except for sea mammal liver — don’t eat polar bear or seal liver! Most cases of Vit A poisoning are due to people taking too many vitamin pills or too much fish liver oils.

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