Vitamin C & Eye Health

Foods high in Vitamin C

Nearly all vegetables and fruits have some Vitamin C in them.  Examples include; oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, apples and pears. Vitamin C is important to the whole body, but perhaps particularly the eye.  The vitreous humour and the retina contain significantly more vitamin C than our bloodstream, indicating the importance of vitamin C to the eyes.

Cataract & Vitamin C

Vitamin C has antioxidant qualities, which prevent crystallization and accumulation of foreign molecules.  This is the cause of blurred vision in cataracts.  Research has shown that when people have cataract, they have a low level of vitamin C.  Some researchers argue that the clouding of the lens in cataract, can not only be decreased but also prevented by long-term supplementation with vitamins including vitamin C. 

Glaucoma & Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been identified as lowering eye pressure.

Macular Degeneration & Vitamin C

Vitamin C may help to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration for which there is no cure.  This is a very common condition, which gradually progresses with age and can lead to eventual blindness.

Floaters & Flashers & Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been advocated for treating floaters and flashers.

Detached Retina & Vitamin C

Vitamin C encourages wounds and abnormalities to heal in the cornea and for this reason, has been used to support recovery from surgery for detached retina.  

Not only are we unable to create our own vitamin C but, it is also not possible to store it for very long in the body.  Particularly low levels of vitamin C occur in smokers, those consuming large amounts of alcohol and those suffering from diabetes.  Heating foods lowers their vitamin C level as does light exposure and freezing and canning foods.  Vitamin supplements may be a solution to ensure that the body is receiving the right amounts and that eyes can remain as healthy as possible.

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