How serious are cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration?

A prior article discussed two eye problems to consider: conjunctivitis and dry eyes. This article focuses on three others that should be considered: cataracts, glaucoma, and maculardegeneration.
Cataracts: Opacification of the normally clear lens of the eye. Since the lens of the eye has no blood vessels or nerves it accumulates sun damage that cannot readily be cleared. Carnosine eye drops have been effective in the lab studies with dogs in stopping early cataracts; some human cataracts have even been reversed. Consider a low saturated fat diet, UV blocking sunglasses, drinking lots of water, 1,000 mg of vitamin C and a glutathione booster (eg. MSM, SAMe, alpha?lipoic, cysteine).
Glaucoma is a wasting of the optic nerve, which can be due to high eye pressure, injury, low blood flow to the optic nerve and perhaps certain chemicals that may contain glutamine. Eye doctors have many tests and many therapies for glaucoma such as eye drops, surgery or oral medications. An herbal formula called Ifolia may be effective in improving the optic nerve. The ultimate goal in glaucoma management is to preserve the optic nerve. People with a family history or 45+ in age are encouraged to get an eye check up every two years.
Macular degeneration is the loss of retina receptors in the center of the retina, called the macula. The dry form is most common and is managed through nutritional counseling and vitamin supplementation. The macula is the most active part of your body and is constantly barraged by light. Some important recommendations are sunglasses, 5+ hours of sleep and good diet and supplementation.
All of these conditions, if not properly addressed by an ophthalmologist, can lead to blindness. Glaucoma and macular degeneration can cause irreversible blindness, while vision loss due to cataracts may be reversible. It is better to see an eye doctor for evaluation if you are concerned about these conditions so that treatment can be initiated to decrease or delay vision loss.

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