Will Taking Supplements Help My Vision?

Some anecdotal evidence has suggested that certain nutrients may be capable of preventing or delaying eye diseases and problems. Some researchers also claim that some of these nutrients can be found in over-the-counter (OTC) supplements. Your eye doctor should always be involved in any decision regarding taking supplements to improve vision. Also, remember that supplements cannot substitute for regular vision checkups and professional treatment. Always contact your eye doctor before taking any supplements. Here is what you should know about vision supplements.

Some Multivitamins Contain Vision Supporting Ingredients

Before requesting your doctor to recommend vision supplements, you should look at your multivitamins. You may establish that you are already taking some nutrients that are essential for healthy eyes. Some of the nutrients include:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Beta-carotene
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids
  • Thiamin
  • Lutein

Each nutrient above has a dietary recommendation for different categories of people. Ensure that you take yours based on your doctor’s advice. If your multivitamins do not contain most or all of the above essential nutrients, you can always get them individually.

Read the Labels on the Vision Supplements

Supplements can only be useful if you are getting what your body requires. Before buying the vision supplements, you should:

  • Find a trustworthy manufacturer because quality varies.
  • Check expiration dates to ensure that you are buying fresh supplements.
  • Only buy sealed bottles.
  • Consider buying organic vision supplements. Although you might pay more, they are usually of better quality.
  • Avoid purchasing vision supplements that contain fillers and bulking agents.

Will High Dosages of Vision Supplements Help?

If you have eye conditions or think you may be at risk of getting them, high doses of vision supplements might help. Studies done by the National Eye Institute indicated that high dosages of vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and zinc reduced the likelihood of vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, the supplements were not beneficial to everyone with the disease. They only helped patients with intermediary AMD or an advanced one affecting only one eye. Consult your doctor to establish whether you are in any of the two categories before taking the supplements.

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not take any supplements before consulting your doctor. Ensure that you are taking all the doses as recommended by your eye doctor. Additionally, remember that supplements cannot substitute for eating a balanced diet. Eat a balanced diet if you want to reap the maximum benefits of any vision supplements you choose to take. As always, your eye doctor should be the final word on whether or not certain supplements might be useful for your vision issues.

 

Dangers of Wearing Colored Contacts This Halloween

Colored contact lenses are a popular way for individuals to change the color of their eyes. There’s a surge of individuals using them each year at Halloween to enhance their costumes. Problem is, there are risks associated with cosmetic contact lenses.

Most individuals think that cosmetic lenses don’t require the same level of consideration or care as regular contact lenses simply because they’re easily bought on the internet or over-the-counter. But, all contact lenses are considered medical devices and require proper fitting by an eye-care specialist and a prescription. Not to mention, they can also be dangerous. Here’s how:

1. They’re Not a “One-Size-Fits-All”

An optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye doctor) must measure each of your eyes to fit the lenses properly and evaluate how your eye will respond to wearing the contact lenses. A poorly fit lens could cause serious eye damage, including:

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Scratches on your cornea (this is the clear dome of tissue over your iris — the area of your eye that provides your eye color)
  • Decreased vision
  • Corneal infection (a sore or ulcer on the cornea)
  • Blindness

Never purchase cosmetic contact lenses from a retailer who doesn’t ask to see your prescription.

2. They Can Be Unsafe

In 2017, the Journal of Forensic Sciences published a FDA case report showing a majority of counterfeit, unapproved contact lenses that test positive for the types of microbial contamination often found in spoiled food, water and hospital waste.

3. They Can Be Illegal

Safety and health aren’t the only reasons you shouldn’t purchase non-prescribed contact lenses. It’s also illegal. The Federal Trade Commission’s Contact Lens Rule and the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act (FCLCA) stipulate it’s unlawful for retailers to sell any type of contact lenses without first confirming the validity of the individual’s prescription. But, many retailers might not know this or in some cases, might even choose to ignore these consumer protections which are intended to put the patient’s safety and health first.

If you do have your eyes fitted for contact lenses and receive a prescription, you should be fine wearing a pair of Halloween contacts. But, if you don’t, you’re putting yourself at risk of serious eye health problems.

For more contact lenses advice or to request an appointment, reach out to Asterix Eyewear toll-free at 866.771.6654 or complete our online form.