How much time do you spend looking at screens each day? A typical job might consist of spending 8 hours in front of a computer. Combine that with watching a show at night and scrolling through social media. Pretty soon, you’ve spent half of your day looking at screens. In fact, research shows that Americans are spending 11 hours a day on average interacting with screens, which is more than ever before (1).
All of that screen time can’t be good for our eyes. There are a number of ways to reduce screen time, such as putting your phone in a drawer when you get home from work. But for many of us, it’s impossible to significantly reduce our screen time when our jobs are reliant on it. Screen time isn’t the only factor that is harmful for eye health. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common eye condition that leads to loss of vision in the United States.
Thankfully, some supplements have been shown to improve eye health and healthy vision.
Natural Supplements to Support Eye Health
Lutein & Zeaxanthin – these two powerful carotenoids go hand in hand and actually exist in high quantities in the retina of the eye. They help to filter harmful effects of blue light emitted by our screens and help maintain healthy eye cells (3). In food, they can be found in green leafy vegetables.
Fish Oil – Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, has been shown beneficial for eye health, especially for eye development in infants because of the structural role it plays in the retina (4). Adult studies link EPA and DHA, components of fish oil, to improving eye conditions like glaucoma, dry eyes, and macular degeneration because of neuroprotective effects (5).
Antioxidants A, C, and E (Think ACE) – You probably remember your parents telling you to eat your carrots for healthy eyes when you were a kid. That’s because carrots are a good source of vitamin A. Actually, one of the first signs of vitamin A deficiency has to do with your eyes—night blindness. The eyes have a higher metabolic rate than other areas of the body and require more antioxidant protection (5). Vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E are all powerful antioxidants beneficial for eye health.
Eyebright – Euphrasia Officinalis (also called Eyebright) is a singular herb that is used amongst herbalists for treating eye irritation. It naturally contains vitamin A, B1 and B2. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties (2). Persona has a powerful combination of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Bilberry, Carrot Root Powder and Eyebright all in one capsule here.
Whether you’re looking for natural supplements to support your eye health or you have other concerns, Persona offers a better way to get better vitamins. The best part is that we have options for you. Start by taking our free 3 to 5-minute assessment to get personalized vitamin recommendations based on your unique needs. Or if you already know what you need, try our convenient Essential pre-packs. Get the right vitamins for you delivered right to your door.
- The Total Audience Report: Q1 2016. What People Watch, Listen To and Buy. https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2016/the-total-audience-report-q1-2016.html. Accessed May 13, 2019.
- Paduch R, Woźniak A, Niedziela P, Rejdak R. Assessment of eyebright (euphrasia officinalis L.) extract activity in relation to human corneal cells using in vitro tests. Balkan Med J. 2014;31(1):29–36. doi:10.5152/balkanmedj.2014.8377
- Koushan K, Rusovici R, Li W, Ferguson LR, Chalam KV. The role of lutein in eye-related disease. Nutrients. 2013;5(5):1823-39. Published 2013 May 22. doi:10.3390/nu5051823
- Horrocks LA, Yeo YK. Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Pharmacol Res. 1999;40(3):211-25.
- Rasmussen HM, Johnson EJ. Nutrients for the aging eye. Clin Interv Aging. 2013;8:741-8.