Ocular Nutrition

Nutritional Supplementation Can Help Protect Our Eyes

If you have a family history of Macular Degeneration, if you have fair skin and light-colored eyes, or smoke/vape you might be at a higher risk to develop this debilitating disease. We partner with Macu-Health, which is a nutritional supplement to help promote healthy macular pigment, enhance visual performance and aid in the prevention of macular degeneration. Patients can purchase these supplements directly from our office or from this website by clinking this link:

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Evidence now suggests that supplementation with “Omega-e Essential Fatty Acids (not naturally produced by our bodies and found in cold-water fish) can help treat “Dry Eyes.” We also partner with PRN – Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals, which is the leading producer of food-based supplements that contain these Omega-3 (EPA/DHA) essential fatty acids and certain vitamins that are critical for good ocular health.

  • It is estimated that up to 80% of American diets are marginally deficient in one or more nutrients. These were commonly held views by many “experts” in medicine. No longer. 
    • “The average American gets sufficient nutrition from the average American diet.”
    • “Taking vitamins will only give you expensive urine.”
  • Foods are nutritionally compromised by processing and preservatives, as well as “fast food” lifestyles.  In addition to nutrition, ultraviolet exposure can be damaging.
  • Studies, such as the National Eye Institute’s “Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) are verifying what has been suspected for some time: nutritional supplementation can help to protect our eyes from vision threatening diseases and disorders, such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration (affecting more than 17 million Americans).
  • Evidence now suggests that supplementation with “Omega-e Essential Fatty Acids (not naturally produced by our bodies and found in cold-water fish) can help treat Dry Eyes.
  • During your comprehensive eye health evaluation, it is important to note any vitamins or supplements you might be taking (along with prescription medications)
    • We can discuss some of the newer research involving supplementation and eye health, and can provide you with literature about these findings as well as what ingredients and dosages are best for your eyes
      • Ingredients that have been identified to be beneficial include:
        • Zinc
        • Antioxidants
        • Lutein
  • If you have a family history of Macular Degeneration, or if you have fair skin and light-colored eyes, you might be at a higher risk to develop this debilitating disease.
  • A comprehensive eye health evaluation can include:
    • A three-dimensional magnified evaluation of the macular area (the sensitive part of the back of your eyes that is responsible for your “20/20” vision), helping to identify the earliest possible changes.
    •  photographs of the back of your eye (“retina”) to establish a baseline for future comparison.

This is one situation that fulfills the cliché that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”