Natural Aging Eye Care for Some Common Age Related Eye Conditions
Natural Aging Eye Remedies
Glaucoma, Cataracts and Macular degeneration are some age-related eye conditions. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of natural medicines that seem to help, although, there are some interesting things on horizon. There are some things you can do right now, though! Read on...
Natural Aging Eye Remedies
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than 10 million Americans and holds the title of leading cause of blindness in people over 50 years of age. Over time people with AMD lose their central vision, peripheral vision is usually pretty good.
Prevention is the #1 natural aging eye care and the key to AMD. Most natural products just don't have good evidence that they are helpful. You'll hear about lutein, which has shown to be somewhat helpful, althuogh lutein you get from food is probably more beneficial than supplements.
Research studies have shown that men who took a lutein supplement of 10mg a day for about a year noted better vision and less glare, although taking the supplement didn't slow down the progression of AMD. Does taking the supplement prevent AMD in the first place? We don't know. We'll have to just wait and see what research shows.
Natural Aging Eye Care
Does a diet high in lutein reduce my chances of getting AMD?
Some research seems to show that peole who eat a lot of lutein in their diets have a lower risk of developing AMD. We're just starting to see some of this, though and we've got a long way to go.
Eating spinach, broccoli, orange juice, grapes, kiwi, zucchini, and corn can't really hurt, though! Enjoy your fruits and veggies!
How about a big, huge antioxidant? Will that help prevent AMD or keep it from getting worse?
It would seem that antioxidants would be helpful since AMD is the result of oxidative damage. Sadly, the evidence for the benefits of antioxidant supplements is mixed. Getting a good healthy dose of antioxidants from your food cannot hurt, though.
Natural Aging Eye Care means a healthy dose of antioxidants from food. How are you doing with that?
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I smoke cigarettes. I've heard that Vitamin A is good for me. Can I take it?
Well, if you get your Vitamin A from natural sources (FOOD!), you should be okay. This is always best, right? Taking beta-carotene (Vitamin A) supplements can actually increase the risk of lung and prostate cancer. Your risk of heart disease and death also increases when you take beta-carotene supplements if you smoke. Avoid these supplements!
I would like to try Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). Can it help and is it safe?
Early evidence tells us that it might improve vision in people with AMD. It is really too soon to take this for AMD.
There are risks with Ginkgo. Ginkgo affects your bleeding. If you take any medications such as aspirin, Plavix (clopidogrel), Coumadin (warfarin) and others that make the blood thin, you'll want to avoid Ginkgo. Be sure and talk with your health care provider if you decide to give it a try for AMD or any other reason.
Natural Aging Eye Care for Cataracts
Another common eye problem is cataracts, which is the result of clouding of the lens of the eyes. If you've got cataracts, you may experience cloudy vision, double vision, halos around lights, poor color vision and brown spots in your vision. This can all be very annoying and really get in the way of an active life.
Risk Factors for Cataracts
Natural Aging Eye Care: Cataracts
Significant UV-B exposure
Traumatic Eye Injuries
Corticosteroid use (Many people take steroid for health conditions)
Hypothyroidism (slow thyroid)
Surgery is the only real treatment for cataracts. A lot of people have cataracts, and surgery is generally considered when they get in the way of everyday life.
Best Bet for Cataracts: Prevention!
There is some hope that increasing your dietary lutein can be helpful. Remember, you can find this is in spinach, broccoli, orange juice, grapes, kiwi, zucchini, and corn can't really hurt, though! Enjoy your fruits and veggies! Choose organically grown fruits and vegetables. You want to avoid the pesticides and other chemicals that can be found on those grown inorganically.
Living a naturally holistic lifestyle can help you prevent cataracts and a variety of other problems. Are you ready to begin?
Natural Aging Eye Care and Glaucoma
Glaucoma affects about 3 million people, and it is the second leading cause of blindness in North America.
Treatment for Glaucoma is aimed at reducing the pressure in the eye by decreasing the fluid production that happens naturally in the eye and by helping that fluid to flow out of the eyeball.
Few natural medicines work to decrease the fluid produced in the eye.
There just aren't enough reliable research results to support the use of any supplements.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one supplement that is being investigated because it might improve the circulation of the eye, which might then improve vision. Although early research looks like there might be an improvement in some patients with glaucoma, it is really too early. Ginkgo carries some risks of bleeding, too.
Antioxidant supplements haven't really shown to be effective either.
Marijuana does decrease the pressure in the eye, but not for a very long time. If you used enough marijuana to create the sustained low pressure you need, you would get toxic from it. Researchers are really looking into safer more effective treatments because there is some excitement over the decrease in eye pressure.
What can I do?
Eat up those fruits and vegetables! This is your best protection against AMD and cataracts. If you have AMD, a supplement with 80mg of zinc, 400 iu of Vitamin E, 500mg of Vitamin C and 15mg of beta-carotene may be helpful. As always, check first with your health care practitioner.
Want some more tips about preventing and slowing down those vision changes? Got it here!
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