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Vitamins for Vision

  • Published: 2009-05-06 (Revised/Updated 2010-06-27) : Author:
  • Synopsis: Vitamin A is one of the single most important vitamins for good eyesight.

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It is a well-documented fact that certain vitamins are good for your eyesight.

Perhaps the most important one is Vitamin A. This vitamin contains retinoid, a chemical compound that is known for its positive effect on for example bone growth and eye-sight. The Vitamin A is anti-infective, strengthens the immune system, and is found in many of the most popular vegetables and dairy products. Leaving out Vitamin A in your daily diet can cause problems with your vision.

When talking about food containing Vitamin A, most people tend to first and foremost think about carrots. Below is a list of other nutritious foods containing the vitamin:


Sweet potatoes







Winter squashes






How is Vitamin A Important for my Eyesight

The part of Vitamin A that plays an important role in your vision is retinol, a fat-soluble vitamin. Retinol is related to the Retinoid family and it is needed so that the body can produce rhodopsin, the visual pigment of the retina.

As the retina is the light-sensitive part of your body, rhodopsin is required if the eyes are to be able to absorb light. A lack of Vitamin A will decrease this ability as well as potentially worsening your overall general vision.

Can I Lose my Vision Without Vitamin A

If you eat healthy, and regularly, you do not need to worry as it means that you are getting your daily need of Vitamin A. Try to include some of the above mentioned food products in your diet as it ensures you getting enough vitamins - if you do not it can lead to:

Lowered immune system - Your body will get weakened if it does not get enough of Vitamin A, thus increasing the risk of viral and bacterial infections.

Nyctalopia - Is also known as night blindness and is the result of a decreased production of rhodopsin.

Myopia - Vitamin A deficiency will not affect myopia, hence even though increasing your daily intake you would still need corrective glasses or contact lenses.

To conclude, Vitamin A is one of the single most important vitamins for good eyesight. If you experience problems with your eyesight, make sure you get your eyes checked by an eye doctor as only he or she will be able to determine the cause. Eye care professionals can determine whether you get enough Vitamin A or if you need to increase your daily dose.

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