Therapies for cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration

Therapies for cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration

Whether or not the eyes are the windows to the soul is debatable, but they are, undoubtedly, a window to the brain. Our eyes enable us to perceive our environment and relay this information to the brain to be processed. Failing eyesight can be a cause of falls and other accidents experienced by older individuals. For this and other reasons, it is important to protect and support your eyes. In addition to good basic nutrition, studies such as the National Institutes of Health Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) have identified specific nutrients that support eye health. In Life Extension’s protocols for eye health, you’ll learn about nutritional therapies for eye conditions that may appear during aging, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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Healthy diet, healthy blood sugar, not smoking and eye health supplements can help you maintain your eye and visual health.

Frequently Asked Eye Health Questions

How can I keep my eyes healthy?

You can keep your eyes healthy by leading a healthy lifestyle. Exercise may be helpful in slowing or preventing several eye-related conditions. Many nutrients you can obtain from a balanced diet are protective for eye health as well. Wear sunglasses and avoid smoking. Interventions like B-complex vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin are linked with good eye health and lower rates of macular degeneration. Getting routine eye exams is important too, as many eye conditions are asymptomatic in early stages.

How can I protect my optic nerve?

Optic nerves are sensitive to increased pressure in the eye. If the optic nerve becomes damaged, it can lead to glaucoma and irreversible vision loss. One way to protect your optic nerve is by getting regular eye exams—if high intraocular pressure is caught early, it is almost always possible to slow or even halt the progression to vision loss. European bilberry and French Maritime pine bark are two ingredients that may promote healthy intraocular pressure and offer protection for your optic nerve.

Are there natural remedies for glaucoma?

If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, it is imperative that you follow any instructions given to you by your doctor to minimize vision loss. In addition to your doctor’s instructions, ingredients like French maritime pine bark, bilberry, carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, and others may help slow or halt the progression of glaucoma (but be sure to discuss with your doctor before trying them). Exercise may help reduce intraocular pressure, so stay active as well.

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