Vision Improvement Through the Use of Micronutrients: Legit or Hoax?

Zeaxanthin and Lutein are two micronutrients that have been found in high concentrations in the macula of the human eye. Studies have found these two ingredients to play a role in visual acuity, including slowing vision loss, increasing night vision and even repairing vision loss due to macular degeneration. One of the main benefits of these two carotenoids is their ability to protect the eye: "Lutein and Zeaxanthin appear to absorb excess light energy to prevent damage to plants from too much sunlight, especially from high-energy light rays called blue light.." Tells one article. So the question that comes to mind is, "can these substances help improve vision in a practical way?" The good news is a solid..maybe.          may take some dedication and varying results have been reported, some vision improvement stories really have been documented because of these two antioxidants. Bill Campbell, author of The Outback Vision Protocol                  , in which he tells of the vision degeneration and subsequent vision restoration of his wife and the resulting many others as well through his program which consists of a regimen of foods high in Zeaxanthin, Lutein and certain other micronutrients, along with some key insights. Bill attributes much this success in vision amelioration to his serendipitous discovery and subsequent study of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and the foods that they eat, along with events in  his personal life.

The Abo’s, for their part, are considered to have the best vision in the world demographically as reported by scientists in peer reviewed studies. Their vision is so good that they have been recorded as being able to see up to 5 times better than a person with 20/20 vision, which is off the charts! It’s no wonder why Bill went to great lengths to find out what the Abo’s have been doing to enjoy such good fortune. Many of the foods that he researched which were part of the traditional Aborigine diet were native to Australia and impossible to find elsewhere, so Bill undertook the effort of breaking down the constituents of the foods and came up with the items that he cross-referenced with other research in the field of optics to attain his diet plan. He has also claims to be able to improve conditions such as Glaucoma, wet eye, dry eye and more with this method. Surprisingly, as I remarked, one of the things that he doesn’t mention in his book is the herb Brighteye, which has been linked to improvement in vision for centuries, as the name suggests. // 
Wet Eye/Dry Eye  Some other points on vision recovery that should be addressed are the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids as well as having enough clean water to drink. This section of the field of optics has to do with the eyelids and the surface of the eye more than the eye itself, but with some consideration, one will see that it is significant and worthy of attention from those concerned about vision and vision improvement. On the surface of the eye are three layers that keep the eyeball hydrated and protect it from other elements as well as wind and air. The innermost layer is a mucus layer, the middle layer is water and the outer layer is a lipid layer made of oil, which is where the Omega 3 factor comes into play. It seems that wet eye and dry eye can both be said to have their roots in the insufficient quality of the functioning and support for the many tear glands which line the eyelids and create the solution that keeps the eye lubricated.