What Causes Vision Loss And How You Should Treat The Conditions?

What Causes Vision Loss And How You Should Treat The Conditions?

Slow deterioration of the eyesight is an inevitable part of aging, but researches confirmed that our eyesight can be improved through food or supplements due to eye problems like macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma depend on heredity and nutrition, thus people who consume the mighty antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E are less likely to get the eye issues.

Excess weight, high blood pressure, and smoking play a role in this as well, thus if you have family history of eye issues, concentrate more on a healthier diet, exercise, be careful with your weight, and normalize the blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well. It is better to protect your eyes before any issue appears through adding these supplements to your diet, visiting a nutrition-minded, holistic optometrist or ophthalmologist once a year in order to track down vision health.


AMD – Age-related macular degeneration

What it is? This is a condition which destroys the macula of the eye, a cluster of light-sensitive cells in the retina responsible for sharp and central vision for seeing fine details. It is the main reason for vision loss while the cause is unfamiliar.
Who is at risk? The target group is people with a parent with AMD, women, people over 60, and Caucasians.
What you should take? Take more than 2 servings of omega-3-rich fish a week as the oils reduce the oxidative stress which create cellular imbalances in the macula. Or, take 1,000-1,500 mg of fish oil supplements a day. A study from Harvard Medical School (2009) concluded that women older than 40 who supplemented with B6, B12 and folic acid had 34% lower risk of AMD because they reduce the homocysteine levels. When amino acid is present in the blood in greater amounts it connects to macular degeneration and its progression, protecting the eyes against AMD. People who take multivitamin daily already get what they need of these nutrients.

What it is? A condition which affects eye lens, and as the eye ages, the protein fibers from the lens clump together causing telltale opaque clouding.
Who’s at rick? People older than 65 develop some degree of lens clouding, while older than 70 have cataracts which is significant enough to impair vision. Smokers, people with high cholesterol, diabetes, and excessive, long-term direct sunlight exposure are all at high risk.
What you should take? Lutein and zeaxanthin protect from UV radiation and 6 mg are daily recommendations. A study at Tuffs University showed that women (60) and younger who took 362 mg of vitamin C per day for a decade, reduced the risk of developing cataracts by 60%. However, high doses (around 1000 mg) of vitamin C not derived from food, but supplements increases the risk of cataracts, thus the recommended intake is 300 IU vitamin C and 400 IU vitamin E per day.
CVS – Computer vision syndrome

What it is? This is a temporary condition which is caused by focusing on a computer screen for a longer period of time including headaches, burning and tired eyes, and blurred or double vision. It may lead to glaucoma.
Who’s at risk? People who spend several hours a day at a computer screen including low light and dry office environments.
What you should take? Take 200 mg of black currant fruit extract, 5 mg of lutein, and 1 mg of zeaxanthin a day. Also, astanxanthin, which is a naturally occurring carotenoid that can be found in salmon and shrimps is effective in preventing visual fatigue. Further, ease of CVS and improving blood flow in the eye can be done by consuming bilberry. Daily recommended doses are 120-160 mg.
DES – Dry eye syndrome

What it is? It is a condition where there are no sufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes and causes persistent dryness, itching, and burning. If this condition is untreated, it can lead to scarring and impaired vision.
Who’s at risk? People who wear contact lenses, women during and after menopause, people over 60, and people who take medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, some blood pressure medications, and birth-control pills.
What you should take? Omega-3 fatty acids. In comparison to women who ate one tuna serving a week, women who ate at least 5 servings in that period experienced a 68% lower risk of developing DES. The omega-3 s help in reducing oilier tear layers around the eye creating more lubricated eyes. Thus, the recommended daily dose is 1,000-1,500 mg. Further, women who wore contact lenses and took evening primrose oil that is which in linoleic acid showed improvements with this syndrome. Take 500 mg 2-3 times a day to relieve DES.

What it is?

That is a buildup of internal liquid pressure which damages the optic nerve (it carriers information from the eye to the brain). It is not followed by any pain nor symptoms, but it surely can result in irreversible vision impairment or blindness.
Who’s at risk? People over 60, people who have family member with glaucoma, Asians, African-Americans, diabetics, and steroid users.
What you should take?

The risk of glaucoma can be lowered by 69% through consuming collard greens, carrots or kale at least once a month. They are high in lutein and zeaxanthin. These two are critical for eye health and work to protect the eye from UV radiation. Glaucoma can be improved if 40 grams of ginkgo bilboa is taken 3 times a day. It also improves blood flow to the eyes.


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