AMD

  1. Fight causes of blindness with these antioxidants

    Nutrients that can save your eyesight

    It's a frightening condition that will slowly rob you of your vision, ultimately leaving you helpless and blind -- and because it comes on gradually and painlessly, you could have the earliest stages of this disease right now and not even know it.

    It's age-related macular degeneration, and it's one of the leading causes of blindness and vision loss in seniors.

    But while the prospect of slowly losing your vision is enough to frighten anyone, I've found that a blend of key antioxidants can help slow or even stop the damage of age-related macular degeneration -- and new research of causes of blindness backs my approach.

    Seniors with AMD were given either a blend of lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and vitamin E or a placebo for at least a year, but many of the patients stayed with the study longer.

    And the ones who stayed with it longest had the best results -- with patients who continued to take the vitamins for up to three years showing improvements in vision and a lower risk of progression to the more advanced stages of the disease.

    In some cases, the differences were slight -- especially after just a single year of treatment. But I think that's because the  cause of blindness study fell a little short with the nutrients used in supplements.

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are critical to good vision because both are found in the retina. And while vitamins C and E are also useful here, there are a few essential eye-protecting nutrients that were left out -- including bilberry, gingko, and grape seed.

    They key to preventing causes of blindness is to start taking these supplements early -- but many people don't, for two reasons: denial and fear. The sad truth is many people who start to lose their vision go into denial over it. And the main reason they're in denial is fear -- including the fear that a doctor will tell them they can no longer drive.

    But the longer you wait to seek help, the greater the damage -- so if you find you can't see as well as you used to, or if loved ones are questioning your vision, don't ignore the warning signs.

    Seek the help of a holistic medical doctor.

  2. Omega-3 fatty acid DHA can protect your vision

    How DHA can save your vision & your wallet

    New glasses... again???

    Seems like you only bought your current lenses last year... yet here you are at the eye doctor again, squinting at yet another big bill for yet another new set of lenses.

    But there may be an easy way to protect your eyes and help ensure that those lenses last a little longer this time, and that's with the same omega-3 fatty acids you should be getting anyway.

    In a new study, researchers found that mice fed the omega-3 fatty acid DHA -- one of the main fats in fish oil -- saw no increase in toxins in the retina, while those that didn't get fish oil saw the normal rise in toxins.

    As a result, the mice that got the fish oil managed to avoid some of the vision loss that usually comes naturally with aging.

    The researchers are now launching a second study, this time on humans, to see if DHA can help limit the damage of age-related macular degeneration. That's the leading cause of blindness in people over 50, and the research so far has been very encouraging.

    A 2010 study, for example, found that omega-3 fatty acids can cut the risk of the "wet" form of AMD by 35 percent, and the dry form by 32 percent.

    Omega-3s might help with other eye diseases as well. A Harvard study earlier this year found that just 200 mg of omega-3 fatty acids can delay blindness in patients with retinitis pigmentosa by up to 18 years.

    There's no drug that can do that -- just fish oil, so make sure you're getting in on this all-natural miracle.

  3. The everyday pill that'll wreck your vision

    An aspirin a day won't do much for your heart, but it can do plenty for your eyes -- and not in a good way.

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