Certain nutrients can help delay or prevent eye problems and disease. Some over-the-counter supplements have not been tested in clinical studies. Ask your doctor to be sure.

Look for these nutrients, in at least these amounts, if not already prescribed by your doctor:

  • Vitamin C, 250mg
  • Vitamin E, 200mg
  • Beta-Carotene, 5,000 IU
  • Zinc, 25mg
  • Zeaxanthin, 500mcg
  • Selenium, 100mcg
  • Lutein, 10mg
  • Calcium, 500mg
  • Thiamin, 2mg
  • Folic Acid, 800mcg
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flax-seed oil), 2,000-3,000mg
  • N-acetyl cysteine, 100mg
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid, 100mg

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source: webmd.com

Diabetic Eye Disease:

  • Can cause severe vision loss or blindness
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina
  • Cataract: Clouding of the lens of the eye
  • Glaucoma: Increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision

The leading cause of blindness in American adults is the most common diabetic eye disease, Diabetic Retinopathy.

  • Caused by changes in blood vessels in the retina
  • Some retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid
  • Some may grow on the surface of the retina

Symptoms:

  • No pain
  • Vision may not change until disease becomes severe
  • Blurred vision, when macula swells from the leaking fluid
  • If vessels grow onto the surface of the retina, they can bleed into the eye, blocking vision

Symptom-less progression is why regular eye exams for people with diabetes are so important.

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source: nih.gov

Here is a “Master of the Obvious” statement: Overall health includes your eyes. At least that would seem obvious. But when it comes to overall health, many Americans neglect their eyes.  The World Health Organization says that 85% of visual impairments can be avoided.

Read the full article here: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/life/2015/07/25/staying-healthy-includes-caring-eyes/30673055/

The answer? Routine eye exams. You should see your eye doctor once a year.

If you have questions, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to help.

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