Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are the leading causes of visual impairment and acquired blindness in the U.S. These diseases affect millions of aging Americans.
Some recent studies have shown that antioxidant vitamins may decrease the development or progression of cataracts.
The average daily diet contains approximately 100 mg vitamin C and 9 mg vitamin E (or 12 IU). However, in the studies referenced, benefits were associated with intakes considerably higher than the current average intake. If you find it difficult to increase the level of these antioxidants in your diet, consider taking supplements containing these antioxidants.
Click here for more information by the American Optometric Association's information on what foods and vitamins you need in your diet to help improve your eye health: