Your Beautiful Eyes

Our eyes are one of our most cherished ways of connecting with the world. They allow us to see the color of the flowers in spring, the shape of a loved one’s face. We take many cues about the world around us from our eyes, so it’s important to do our best to keep them in good health. While good nutrition is only one part of protecting your eyesight, it’s the number one recommendation on Web MD for taking care of your vision. Learn more about what nutrition is best for your beautiful eyes.

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Beta Carotene

Nutrient Profile: You’ve probably heard of this carotenoid antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of both macular degeneration and cataracts.

Get it from: Carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots

Vitamin C

Nutrient Profile: Among its many other benefits, vitamin c is also an antioxidant with properties that specifically protect your eyes.

Get it from: Peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries


Nutrient Profile: A mineral that is found in your retinas, zinc supports the enzymes responsible for eye health.

Get it from: Ostrich, turkey, oysters, salmon

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Nutrient Profile: This pair of antioxidants combines to increase the amount of pigment in your macula, which means protection from the sun and a lower risk of macular degeneration.

Get them from: Spinach, kale, collards, corn, pistachios

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Nutrient Profile: These healthy fats, which have a wide variety of health benefits, also protect the tiny blood vessels in your eye.

Get them from: Salmon, sardines, olive oil, walnuts

During May, our Best of the Web series will explore how nutrition can support specific parts of your body. Have a topic to recommend? Leave us a comment below!