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Is there a real point in consuming lutein if one is already knee-deep in poor eyesight? How much of an improvement will you really ‘see’ after consuming lutein?

In this digital age, most of us are wearing glasses that corrects myopia (short-sightedness) or hyperopia (long-sightedness). One of the biggest reasons why our eyes are vulnerable to myopia is prolonged “near-screen” work. Sadly, it is predicted that by 2050, half of the world will contract myopia.

We have bought into the myth that since it’s just “a matter of time” before our eyes go bad, there’s no ‘real’ need to take care of our eyes as it appears to feel irreversible. We’ve blindly accepted our fate the moment we don glasses, shutting out the need for additional eye care (eye exercises, healthy and leafy diet) and the consumption of lutein.

But firstly, what is lutein? Lutein is a type of vitamin called a carotenoid that is naturally present in fruits, vegetables, some cereals (surprisingly, due to corn content), and egg yolks.

While it can be said that lutein is more effective in the earlier stages of pre-myopic patients, it is also very important to take it even when you’ve ended up wearing glasses as our eyes do not take kindly to time and age. As we mature, our eyes’ macular pigment (which protects our eyes against macular degeneration), weakens and thins. Consuming a high amount of lutein is strongly believed to increase the optical density of our macular pigment. Based on several studies, high lutein intake has beneficial effects on eye diseases, “preventing or even improving both age-related macular degeneration and cataract” (source).

So yes, even when you’re wearing glasses, there’s still a point to consume high amounts of lutein for the sake of your current and future eye health (even if you don’t seem to see any results, especially with eyes that are highly myopic).

Interestingly, several studies on lutein has recently come up to favour overall health in humans, apart from nurturing better eye health. It can also improve cognitive functions, decrease the risk of cancer, and cardiovascular diseases (source).

To keep your eyes healthy and strong, it’s best to consume a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Since there’s neither any limit to how much lutein you can take nor any harmful side effects (apart from a harmless yellowing of the skin, “carotenemia”—not to be mistaken with jaundice!), one can consume as much lutein-rich foods as possible. Think kale, carrots, spinach, egg yolks, broccoli, corn, orange juice, etc.

If you’re not consuming enough lutein in your diet, and would like to consider lutein nutritional supplements, it’s essential to choose supplements from a reputable dietary supplement company. We highly recommend Natures Aid’s Lutein Eye Complex, which is made in the UK, manufactured to GMP Standards, and is 100% naturally sourced. Take one tablet each day for your daily eye health.

In addition to diet and supplements, here are some other things you can do to promote eye health:

  • Drink plenty of water. Adults should aspire to drink about 1.5 liters and 2 liters of fluid daily
  • Change your air conditioner filters frequently, and avoiding environments with dusty or dirty air in general
  • Use eyedrops when your eyes feel drier than usual
  • Before turning in for the night, gently do some simple eye exercises to relief the pressure around the areas surrounding your eyes
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