As much as possible, try to eliminate those things that are known to be toxic. For those who smoke, the most important step is to stop smoking. Smoking can double the risk of developing cataracts and increase the rate of macular degeneration by 500%.
Nutritional supplements can be beneficial to overall health, but before choosing any course of supplements please consult with your optometrist and your physician - sometimes there is no substitute for prescriptive care.
Supplements that may help include bilberry and ginko biloba, which may stimulate retinal blood flow and serve as antioxidants. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may improve tear quality as well as omega-3 fatty acids, while cranberry extract may be active against some chronic eyelid inflammations.
Anti-oxidants such as vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium absorb excessive free radicals before they damage healthy cells and may reduce risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
Phyto-chemicals such as lutein (xeaxanthin) help replenish a naturally occurring pigment in the eye and may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Minerals such as chromium, magnesium, selenium, calcium, copper, zinc are used in the production of enzymes & proteins and may slow the progression of macular degeneration.
Overall, lifestyle and nutritional choices that are good for your overall health will of course, be beneficial for the eyes.
Check yearly to see clearly.
Dr. Patricia Fink
Millcroft Shopping Centre
2080 Appleby Line, Unit E6
Burlington, Ontario, L7L6M6
Tel: (905) 319-1066