Studies have shown that lutein is an effective antioxidant which has been proven to reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other eye diseases such as cataracts. Lutein protects the eyes from harmful high-energy light waves, such as some ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Studies suggest that high levels of lutein in eye tissue are associated with better vision, especially in dim light or where glare is a problem. Your body does not make lutein so proper nutrition is essential. Lutein is found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. Other foods rich in lutein include collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas and broccoli. Daily supplements can also provide the proper amount of this antioxidant for optimal eye health. Check with your doctor for additional guidance. Call Atlantis Medical Wellness Center to learn about Dr. G’s favorite lutein supplement.