At Viteyes, we spend a lot of time educating people about eye health and vision protection through optimal nutrition. Whether it’s through a healthy balanced diet, a daily multivitamin, or special eye supplements, the value of getting a full dose of essential vitamins and nutrients each day can not be understated. Degenerative eye diseases and worsening vision don’t happen overnight, nor does preventing it. There is not one single nutrient that is a save-all for vision and eye health, rather a collection of essential vitamins. In today’s post, we’ll focus on Vitamin C, a main ingredient in most of our multivitamins and eye supplements, and its effect on eye health.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant. It is found abundantly in fruits and vegetables, namely sweet bell peppers, strawberries, and oranges. It helps support bodily structures and can help prevent and heal infection. Vitamin C is essential to preventing scurvy and promoting optimal vision.
Vitamin C’s Effect on Eyes and Vision
Vitamin C is incredibly important for the formation of connective tissues in the body, which includes collagen in the cornea. Known for its support of blood vessels, Vitamin C helps keep the retina’s tiny and delicate capillaries transporting oxygen-rich blood to the smallest eye structures. Oxygen and healthy blood flow are critical for all body structures’ health and performance. Due to increased blood flow, Vitamin C helps to reduce dry eyes and the discomfort associated with it.
The AREDS studies suggest that a full daily dose of Vitamin C may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, which remains one of the leading causes of age-related vision impairment and blindness. Other studies conclude that Vitamin C protects against cataracts and may delay the progression of cataracts. In fact, the longitudinal study shows that Vitamin C played a more significant role in cataract formation than genetics. As if that wasn’t enough, the Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that Vitamin C in combination with other vitamins and nutrients helps to prevent glaucoma.
Without acting directly on the eyes, Vitamin C helps to support eye health by helping to boost the body’s immune system, strengthen the cardiovascular system, and reduce blood pressure. As we know, chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes have significant influences on vision and eye health, so helping to reduce the risk of these conditions also help to protect your eyes.
How Viteyes Helps Support Your Eye Health
Vitamin C supplements or multivitamins that contain Vitamin C are a great way to boost your intake if you struggle to get enough from your diet. At Viteyes, most of our multivitamins and eye supplements contain Vitamin C including our regular daily multivitamins, the AREDS 2 vitamin collection, and the Blue Light Defender™ series. Visit us online to view our entire inventory of eye vitamins.
Discover these online eye nutrition resources:
Diet and Nutrition – American Ophthalmology Association
Role of Antioxidants For Future Glaucoma Treatment Possibilities and Patient Options – Glaucoma Research Foundation