Eye Vitamins?

There is so much debate about eye vitamins:

Should I take them? If so, which ones? What if my parents have macular degeneration, but I don't?  Do they help for cataracts?  I see ads for lutine, is this good for my eyes?  Are carrots really helpful?  How do you even spell zeaxanthin?  

There is a ton of bad information floating around on eye vitamins, but it is all clearly broken down by the National Institute of Health (NIH) here in this debrief of the AREDS2 clinical study.  

The short answer is this: If you already have moderate Macular Degeneration taking a supplement with the following antioxidants:

  • 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
  • 400 international units of vitamin E
  • 25 mg zinc as zinc oxide
  • 2 mg copper as cupric oxide

This is based on the AREDS2 (Age Related Eye Disease Study 2) you will reduce your risk of developing advanced macular degeneration by 25%.  If you don't already have ARMD, taking this vitamin supplement has not been proven beneficial, but won't hurt either.