Optometrist Questions Bad eyesight

Is there any supplement to improve eyesight?

My son is 7 years old and has glasses already. Are there any supplements that could help in improving his eyesight?

11 Answers


Spectacle prescriptions are compensatory for an eye that are not in balance. Supplements won’t help a physical attributes like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. That said, he will lead the healthiest life with a good diet low in sugar, fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of sunshine, lots of good sleep, and a loving and supporting family as he already has. No supplement can beat that!

Best to you and yours!

Dr. John Lowitz, OD
Not really but we highly recommend this vitamin.
Studies show a diet rich in leafy green vegetables (kale, arugula, spinach, etc.) contains healthy pigments important for the eye. These have not been proven to improve visual acuity or sharpness in vision (as this is mostly related to the eye shape and physical structures within the eye) but can improve your eye health.
Not that we know of except lutein contained in dark leafy greens and brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and berries. Lots of outdoor activity, reading with a good light, and maintaining a distance of at least 16inches from screens is also a good idea.
There are no documented and widely known nutrients that can alter Myopia
(nearsightedness) Hyperopia (Far Sightedness) or Astigmatism (Distorted Vision), all of which are the most common causes of children needing spectacles. A workup by a developmental, or functional vision Optometric Physician may be able to determine if the need for spectacles is ingrained, genetic or environmental. A thorough work up may determine that it is possible to back the child out of glasses or minimize the progression. DOC BISON
Vitamins A-E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, green leafy vegetables, etc. As for myopia (near sightedness), the most recent studies have found that spending more time outside on a daily basis slows it down. As far as non-surgical reversal of a prescription goes, they are working on it.
The best thing that you can do for your son is to make sure that he gets a lot of outdoor time! There is research that supports increased outdoor time can help in slowing the rate of myopia (near-sightedness) progression. In addition to this, I would highly recommend decreasing/limiting electronic use, monitoring working distances (so as not to hold things too
close to the eyes) and to take frequent visual breaks.

At his young age, I would rather recommend a balanced, nutritious diet over a supplement. However, Omega-3s are always a great supplement should you choose to add anything.

Be well!

Dr. EM

I recommend Focus macular vitamins.
The supplement you are looking for is time outside in the sun and away from TV, cell phones, tablets and computers.
Not really. However, I always educate my patients about leading a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right, doing exercises, and basically protecting your eyes from damaging UV A and UV B rays. Do not strain your eyes for too long by working at the computer without taking a break or playing excessive video games.
There are no supplements to improve eyesight but there are supplements for prevention or to improve the health of the eyes. They include but are not limited to: 1) Omega-3 supplements for blepharitis, dry eyes, etc, 2) Lutein for macular health, and 3) anti-oxidants for protection against sun damage. For children, annual eye exams are important as well as glasses with polycarbonate lenses, anti-glare coating (ideally blue light), and UV protection.