Save Your Sight!: Natural Ways to Prevent and Reverse Macular Degeneration by Marc R. RosePreviously, I had done a review on a similar book: Healthy Vision by Neal Adams. Everything I said in that book applies to this one, too. Both make numerous recommendations for specific nutrients that help the eyes (including the foods that are rich in them). Both recommend exercise for improving circulation, including in the eyes.
But this book had some additional information: I was amazed that one of the chapters delved off into digestion, of all things; how poor digestion can lead to poor eye health, too. Ive got drusen, chronic dry eyes and early stages of cataracts... I also have GERD. Coincidence? Probably not. I really appreciated that chapter on digestion. With GERD, the understanding is that the stomach makes too much acid. But this book actually challenged that idea, that during our 40s/50s, stomach acid production actually begins to drop off, which leads to malabsorption; that it can be helpful to supplement with acidic foods to improve digestion (such as apple cider vinegar). So I am exploring this idea and testing it out.
This book also mentions a spiritual component in healing the eyes, too.
All in all, Im glad I own both books. They both explained things so well and provided constructive things to try (when my optometrist was basically useless in this area). Id recommend them both to anyone who has eye problems, though this one might offer a little more.
Can Macular Degeneration Be Reversed?
Though currently there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration AMD , it appears there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the disease and experiencing AMD-related vision loss. You should be especially diligent about taking steps to prevent macular degeneration if there is a history of AMD in your family, which has been shown to be a risk factor for the disease. AMD is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among elderly people, who slowly lose their central vision. In time, a person with macular degeneration may find it difficult or impossible to read, drive or recognize familiar faces. Here are 11 steps you can take to prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration, followed by a brief discussion of each step:.
It is important to know a thing or two about macular degeneration treatments as you begin to grow older. This is due to how the risk of developing macular degeneration is significantly higher in older individuals. Given this, here are a few key facts about the natural methods of reversing macular degeneration. Life expectancy is increasing as a result of developments in health technology. Presently, approximately 10 million American have this condition and there are thousands of additional cases each year. That being said, it is the leading cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of 65 years old.
Age-related macular degeneration AMD is a debilitating disease that severely limits the lives of sufferers. The treatment is called anti-VEGF therapy, a quick and relatively painless injection that combats the most devastating form of the disease. Will, MD , an ophthalmologist specializing in macular degeneration treatment and retina surgery at Abington-Jefferson Health. The macula is part of the retina, the light sensitive cells at the back of the eye that pass impulses along the optic nerve to the brain. Your brain interprets these impulses as images, which is how you see the world around you. When the macula is damaged, you can still see things in your peripheral vision, but not in your central vision.
At the early stage of dry AMD , patients have tiny deposits under the retina that are visible to the ophthalmologist, called drusen. This stage usually has no symptoms. For early AMD, antioxidant vitamins AREDS2 formula , a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish per week may decrease the risk of vision loss and I have sometimes seen that the number of drusen may diminish over time. A small clinical trial at Harvard has shown that some patients with very large drusen in the center of the retina can have their drusen size reduced and vision improved by a relatively high dose statin treatment. Statins are drugs prescribed by doctors to help lower cholesterol levels in the blood.