Consider the facts about degenerative eye disease:
- People over 60 years old develop it much more often than those who are younger;
- It is believed that 14% to 20% of all adults between 60 and 80 years old might have at least early stage degenerative eye disease;
- Women develop macular degeneration more often than men – about 65% of the cases occur in women compared with 35% in men.
Conventional treatments haven’t been as successful as these natural treatments.
1. Consume a high-antioxidant diet. It’s been found that consuming dietary antioxidants, in addition to increasing levels through supplementation, can help slow down progression of degenerative eye disease. That’s because “oxidative injury” to the eyes plays a significant role in degeneration of cells and nerves in the retina/macula.
Anti-inflammatory foods that help prevent or manage symptoms of macular degeneration include:
- Foods high in antioxidants (especially carotenoids);
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juices;
- High-fiber foods.
Foods to avoid that can contribute to degenerative eye disease include:
- Foods that cause inflammation including processed/packaged foods made with trans fats, hydrogenated fats, processed meat products, refined grains and added sugar;
- Too much caffeine and alcohol;
- Added sugar in sweetened drinks;
- Too much fat.
2. Supplement to protect the eyes. Similarly to how antioxidants from your die help protect the eyes, supplements can too. The top natural products for preventing macular degeneration include:
- Bilberry that helps improve blood flow and contains flavonoids that help support eye function;
- Astaxanthin, which is a potent free radical scavenger that can help prevent retinal damage;
- Zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that has anti-aging effects due to lowering oxidative damage;
- Essential oils;
- Lutein, which is found in fresh veggies and fruit and can help prevent oxidative damage.
3. Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes has been found to be one of the most damaging habits someone can have due to its rapid age-accelerating effects. Cigarettes contain dozens of toxic chemicals that have been shown to raise inflammation levels, damage healthy tissue and cells, and contribute to nerve damage and vision loss.
4. Exercise and maintain a healthy weight. In addition to reducing inflammation with a healthy diet, exercising regularly even into older age is an important tool for longevity. Exercise might help you maintain a healthy weight, helps normalize blood sugar and blood pressure levels, has anti-inflammatory effects, and more.
5. Prevent or treat markers of cardiovascular disease/metabolic syndrome. A history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is one of the leading risk factors for eye disorders, including degenerative eye disease. Cardiovascular disease is usually a sign that inflammation levels are high and also sometimes that blood pressure levels are not within a normal range. A healthy diet, regular physical activity, drinking enough water, reducing stress and getting enough sleep are all beneficial for regulating blood pressure, normalizing blood sugar levels to prevent nerve damage and supporting heart health.
6. Protect the eyes from oxidative damage due to light exposure. Although sunlight in moderate amounts has its benefits, too much can cause damage to the eyes. If you spend lots of time outdoors in direct sunlight, help protect your eyes from overexposure to UV rays by wearing sunglasses and a hat.
Try not to stare directly into the sun, especially during peak times of day when the sun is strongest between about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you work on the computer for hours every day or use electronic devices often, give your eyes a rest about every 20 minutes to lower eyestrain and consider avoiding blue-light devices close to bed time.
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