Improving Night Vision With Nutrition By Dr. Steven Chander on July 16, 2017

As we age, our vision can become limited due to several different phenomena, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, or even just normal aging of the retina. These changes can cause driving at night to become a dangerous high-risk activity. Luckily, new studies are showing that nutritional supplements can prevent age-related vision deterioration.

Macular Carotenoids Are the Key!

Our eyes contain natural pigments called macular carotenoids, namely the pigments lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin. These pigments allow our eyes to recover after being exposed to stressful bright lights and glare, two of the biggest problems we face while driving at night. Lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin are not new to the scene and have long been recognized for their importance in overall retinal health and protection.

How do macular carotenoids work?

Macular carotenoids act by absorbing blue light, one of the most damaging kinds of visible light. We experience this blue light when we look at our phone and computer screens. Over time, the amount of these pigments, which are located just under the retina, begins to decrease. In turn, our eyes become more vulnerable to the damaging effects of glare and lead to a slow recovery from sudden exposure to bright lights.

Where can I find these supplements?

Lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin are found in plants such as spinach, kale, corn, and collard greens. Adding these vegetables to your diet can significantly improve your eyes’ recovery time when suddenly exposed to bright light as well as protect your eyes from the harmful effects of glare. Thus, you can combat the age-related deterioration of these pigments and improve your overall ability to drive at night.  Ask us about our line of Eye Supplements to improve night vision, dry eyes, overall vision health , sports vision enhancement and more!

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