3 Eye Disorders That May Be Avoidable With Proper Nutrition

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Blog, Health & Medical | 0 comments

The food choices you make during your life can play a factor in the aging process, even when it comes to eye disorders that become more common in older people. With some understanding of how these eye problems develop and the role proper nutrition plays in their prevention, you may be able to enjoy your good vision longer. 

1: Cataracts

When the lens of your eye becomes fogged this is most often due to cataracts.  Symptoms of cataracts include hazy vision that tends to get worse over time. Vision is impaired and may be lost if the condition is not corrected. There are several possible causes of cataracts.

  • A decrease in eye fluid surrounding the lens
  • Poor circulation
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

2: Glaucoma

Glaucoma is similar to cataracts in that the condition can cause a gradual loss of sight. This condition affects your peripheral vision first, but the pressure on the eye affects the sensitive optic nerve. Several factors can aggravate the sensitive optic nerve.

  • Sunlight
  • Fluid
  • Infection
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Toxin Exposure
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

However, glaucoma causes pressure in the eye that progressively increases, which affects the optic nerve, gradually reducing your vision. Without proper care, you can go blind. 

3:  Macular Degeneration

The macula is the tiny area in the center of the retina. When this area deteriorates, it is known as macular degeneration. This condition is most common among the elderly and occurs for a variety of reasons. 

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Circulatory problems
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields, like heavy computer usage

Like cataracts and glaucoma, if left untreated, macular degeneration can lead to vision loss. 

Conventional Treatments Vs. Nutrition

Conventional treatments for these common eye disorders include surgery, drug therapy, and in some cases corrective eye wear. Surgery is often used to treat glaucoma and cataracts, but surgery and medications both have risks. However, natural solutions can not only prevent or improve these disorders, but may even to correct these conditions. 

The common vitamins associated with eye health are E, A, and C.

Other supplements can play an important role in maintaining healthy eyes as well. 

  • Glutathione rids the eyes of excess fluid
  • Selenium and niacin increase circulation
  • Fatty acids, like omega-3 and 6, decrease inflammation 
  • Magnesium and calcium provide proper muscle control

For overall good health and eye health, discuss taking these supplements with your eye doctor or primary care physician. You can also get many of these important nutrients by adding lots of green leafy vegetables to your diet along with yellow and orange fruits. One source of information on this topic is Dr. Joel B. Katcher.

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