Eye supplements are simply the vitamins and minerals that are related to eye health and healthy vision. These include supplements like vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Are supplements essential for eye health?
These days, the supplement market is huge and there is a vitamin and mineral endorsed for every part of the body. Pharmacies are stocked full of products that claim to help you look and feel better and live a longer, healthier life. However, just like the rest of our body, with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, we are able to gain enough nutrients to satisfy our eye health.
So, are eye supplements an exception? The short answer is no. For a healthy person with a balanced diet, there is no need for any extra supplement to sustain eye health. However, there are exceptions. If, for example, you find that you are particularly low in any essential nutrient for the eyes like vitamin C, E or lutein, you have the option to take a supplement to fulfil this need.
How to know if you need eye supplements?
The best way to find out if you are lacking in any essential vitamins or minerals for eye health is to be examined by your GP. It is likely that you will undergo a blood test and find out if there are any vitamins or minerals that you are lacking in. You will then have the option of fulfilling this nutritional gap in your diet by simply eating the foods that contain this vitamin/mineral, or, if this is something you will struggle with for any reason, that is where the supplements come in. This is why all supplements exist – to fill nutritional gaps. So next time you’re thinking you need an eye supplement, the best place to go is to your GP and get a test.
Experiencing physical eye symptoms?
If you are experiencing any physical eye symptoms such as blurriness, tired eyes, dry eyes or lack of focus in short or long distance, it is important to visit your optometrist. An optometrist can undertake a full eye check to ensure you are free from any serious eye
issues and may diagnose you with something minor like short or long sightedness. This will lead to a simple solution of finding the lenses that suit your everyday life, which you will either wear for particular tasks or throughout the day.
In summary, the best thing to do if you want to get on top of your eye health is to check in with both your GP and your optometrist for a full check-up. This way, any serious diagnoses are ruled out and/or prevented early. Staying on top of eye health is just as important as any other part of the body.
If you would like to check your eye health with an optometrist, call Focus Eye Centre on 02 9663 3927 today!