Degeneration of the maculae, which is the center of the retina, affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65. There are two types; dry and wet. Dry is with a yellowish deposit underneath the retina and is most common (about 90% of cases). Wet is about 10% of cases with bleeding of the maculae. The symptoms include slowly degrading central vision, weak colors, distortions, and reading vision gets gradually worse.
Causes are most likely from arteriosclerosis (high cholesterol) from a poor diet or smoking. Alcohol can also damage the eyes. Also there may be a lack of antioxidants in the diet.
Medical treatment: wet macular degeneration can be helpful by laser to seal or stop any bleeding. The most common form is the dry macular degeneration and they have almost no solution for this. Progressive eye doctors may suggest antioxidants.
What to do – maintain moderate exercise; eliminate tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and black tea for your diet; use antioxidant supplements and other supplements to strengthen weakened areas. Using natural remedies for months is important.
Most important nutritional supplements:
Zeanthin – antioxidant that can help to maintain cellular integrity within the maculae
Lutein – antioxidant that can help to maintain cellular integrity within the maculae
Others which are helpful:
Pycnogenol – antioxidant helpful for eye and vision problems
Grape seed extract – antioxidant as well as maintaining vascular integrity (vein health)
Zinc – essential for vision integrity, cell use a lot of zinc
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body’s ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results — your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Macular Degeneration
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Eyebright – eye health
Dandelion root – improve liver health, function, and detoxification
Turmeric – anti-inflammatory and liver support
Bilberry extract – increase peripheral circulation and improve dry macular degeneration
Gingko biloba – improve peripheral circulation
Cell Salts to Help Macular Degeneration
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X – connective tissue health
#2 Calc phos 6X – squinting, can’t see in low light conditions
#9 Nat mur 6X – dry eyes with other eye problems
Macular Degeneration Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Retina 6c – include this in your formula as a glandular type of support.
Agaricus – weak eye or eye strain; sensitive to light or low light; pupils dilated; nervous conditions with neuropathy.
Apis mellifica – puffy upper eyelids; hot tears; burning, stinging and shooting pains; hard to focus; cant read in low or artificial light; squinting.
Arnica montana – from eye injuries; absorbs blood; tired eyes even from watching television or reading; burning eyes; photophobia; dizzy closing eyes.
Bovista – eyes look weak and dim; pressure in orbits; vertical half sight; objects look nearer; loss of vision from paralysis of optic nerve.
Carboneum sulph – cloudiness and atrophy or optic disc; retinal congestion; reading causes tears; central vision is clouded or distorted.
Calcarea ars – right eye pain; letters seem to run together; also with anxiety and heart palpitations; also may have pancreatic problems, even cancer.
Gelsemium – dull sleepy eyes, droopy eyelids; eye muscles twitching; photophobia; glaucoma; retinitis; detached retina; one pupil dilated.
Hamamelis – wet macular degeneration; eyes sore, painful, weak; black eyes, inflammation of the iris; helps any kind of bleeding or varicose veins.
Lachesis – pressing-out pain; intraocular bleeding (bleeding within the eye); detached retina; retinal bleeding; retinitis; eyes roll vacantly; photophobia.
Phosphorus – glaucoma, cataracts; atrophy of optic nerves; retinal bleeding; sand in left eye; photophobia; aversion to light.
Secale – dilated pupils, distortion; diabetic retinitis; sparks in front of eyes; used for all types of bleeding; possible wet macular degeneration.
Sepia – at menopause with hormonal problems; tired, burning aching eyes; eyes feel bruised; cataracts in women; drooping eyelids.
Staphysagria – sties and eyelid problems; inflammation of the iris, burning and heat in eyeballs; dry eyes and tears; problems from emotional frustrations.
Tabacum – heat and burning in eyes; pupils dilated; retina retains image too long; mucus on eyeballs; may be with nausea and digestive problems.
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