Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Filling up on these can ease the scratchy, stinging irritation of dry eye. Specifically, omega-3s help soothe inflammation in your eyelids or on the surface of your eye. They may also help your tears do their job better.
Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Go for one of these oily varieties at least twice a week:
- Tuna (fresh, not canned)
You can also get omega-3 fatty acids from:
- Nuts and seeds (like flaxseed)
- Vegetable oil
- Green, leafy vegetables
You may also need to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Talk to your doctor about it before you try one.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
These two antioxidants cut your odds of having many chronic eye diseases. Among other things, they help keep the cells in your eye healthy and working well. You can get them by eating eggs, corn, and leafy greens like:
A supplement may help here, too. Still, talk to your doctor before you take one.
Best sources of vitamin C include:
- Orange juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Cooked spinach
Women should aim for a minimum of 75 milligrams a day, which is about a cup of orange juice. Men need a little more -- around 90 milligrams a day.
- Wheat cereal (wheat germ)
- Sunflower seeds
- Peanut butter
- Sweet potato
This is an important mineral that helps get vitamin A from your liver to your retina to make something called melanin. That's a pigment that protects your eyes. When you don’t get enough zinc, your eyes are at a higher risk of infection.
Your body doesn’t make zinc naturally, so getting it through food is important.
You can get a zinc boost from foods like:
- Fortified cereals