Eye vitamins are exploding in popularity as the population ages and as our use of electronic media grows. Eye stress due to excessive television viewing and computer use is causing our eyes to start showing signs of strain much earlier than anticipated. It is important to choose eye vitamins that hinder the effects of aging and support the eyes.
Things You Will NeedAccess to a vitamin source
Decrease the progression of age related macular degeneration with anti-oxidant formulations of C, E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper. If you tend to use a computer for long periods of time, include frequent stretching breaks into your routine to prevent eye strain.
Choose eye vitamins that have vitamin A in amounts recommended by the USDA in order to prevent ailments such as "dry eye." Long term vitamin A deficiencies can lead to blindness over a period of time.
Blink your eyes frequently when watching TV to prevent them from getting excessively dry.
Talk to your physician before starting a comprehensive eye vitamin supplementation program. Make sure that your current medications will not interact with the vitamins in a detrimental way.
Take your eye vitamins regularly to prevent vitamin deficiencies from affecting your eyesight. Add vegetables such as carrots to your diet to naturally increase your intake of beta-carotene. When choosing eye vitamins, compare the label to any multi-vitamins you're taking. Avoid taking excessive amounts of one vitamin.
Tips & Warnings
Avoid eye strain as much as possible by taking breaks and decreasing the amount of time you spend in front of your TV or computer.
UMDNJ Magazine: "Will Vitamins Restore Boomersightis" http://www.umdnj.edu/umcweb/marketing_and_communications/publications/umdnj_magazine/fall2006/11.htm