Many people in Utah undergo cataract or another form of eye surgery at some point in their lifetime. According to the National Institutes of Health, by the age of 80, more than half of people in the United States will have a cataract or have undergone cataract surgery.

Fortunately according to, researchers may be on to something that could limit eye surgeries in the future. They believe that nutrients may be the key to reducing the risk of cataracts, night blindness and macular degeneration in your eyes.

While it doesn’t actually make your eyes see better in the dark, vitamin A may decrease your risk of night blindness. Foods such as beef, chicken, liver, eggs, butter and milk are all good sources of vitamin A.

If you have a history of cataracts in your family try to eat more vitamin C. Researchers believe that vitamin C may reduce the risk of cataracts. If you want to avoid getting cataract surgery some day eat foods such as red or green peppers, kale, strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and oranges.

The eyes benefit from vitamin D because it may decrease the chances of macular degeneration. Many people in Utah are Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is easy to acquire from exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is also found in salmon, sardines, milk, mackerel and orange juice.

Bioflavonoids are found in foods and drinks such as tea, red wine, citrus fruits, blueberries, cherries, legumes, soy products and bilberries. Researches think bioflavonoid may help the eyes fight against cataracts.