Leading MD warns: Popular vision supplements often fall short
Lutein can be a powerful way to improve macular health, visual acuity, and glare tolerance, but it’s just one of over a dozen nutrients that can help maintain optimal eye health. Others include bilberry and black currant— clinically shown to improve the eyes’ ability to adapt from light to dark within just 30 minutes—zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, taurine, vitamin C, and herbs like eyebright and schisandra. “It is critical that you take a comprehensive vision supplement for long-term eye health. Your eyes are far too precious to skimp by taking a supplement with two or three ingredients in measly doses. Any eye health supplement you take should deliver noticeable results you can SEE!” says Dr. Whitaker. “Supplement makers must think consumers are blind and can’t clearly see the fraud that exists in store brand supplements,” says leading eye health expert Julian Whitaker, MD. “They make claims of improving vision with nutrients like lutein, but then only give you 5–10 mg, when the clinical studies demand much more.” Are you one of the millions of Americans taking an eye health supplement hoping for sharper focus, better night vision, less eyestrain, and anti-aging protection—but you haven’t “seen” any real difference? There’s a reason.