Ask The Professional: Naturopath How Can I improve my eyesight ?

Posted by | April 26, 2010 | Blog | No Comments

Dear Dr Diana,
How Can I improve my eyesight naturally?

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is derived from two sources: preformed retinoids and provitamin carotenoids. Retinoids, such as retinal and retinoic acid, are found in animal sources such as livers, kidneys, eggs, and dairy produce. Carotenoids like beta-carotene (which has the highest vitamin A activity) are found in plants such as dark or yellow vegetables and carrots. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to various eye disorders including Bitot’s spot, the buildup of keratin debris in the conjunctiva. Oral vitamin A is the treatment of choice for xerophthalmia (dry eye) due to prolonged vitamin A deficiency and should be given immediately once the disorder is established

Povidone-iodine solutions appear to have broad-spectrum activity against bacteria and have been used in the management of childhood bacterial conjunctivitis. Povidone-iodine solutions may also be used for ophthalmia neonatorum, a type of bacterial conjunctivitis with eye discharge that occurs during the first month of life, and may be as effective as other anti-bacterial solutions such as neomycin-polymyxin B-gramicidin. Medical supervision is recommended and povidone-iodine solutions are not an effective treatment for viral conjunctivitis. Prior to ophthalmologic procedures, povidone-iodine solutions are used for sterilization for ocular surgery infection prevention

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into “acupuncture points” on the body with the aim of restoring health and well-being, e.g. treating pain and diseases.The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today, it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Although a few clinical studies support the use of acupuncture for keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes), there is insufficient evidence for a clear understanding of the benefits of acupuncture for this disorder.

In Europe, the herb eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) has been used for centuries as a rinse, compress, or bath against eye infections and other eye-related irritations (a use reflected in many of its vernacular names). When taken by mouth, eyebright has been used to treat inflammation of nasal mucous membranes and sinusitis. Eyebright has been used in ophthalmic (eye) solutions for centuries, in the management of multiple eye conditions. Currently, there is insufficient available scientific evidence for or against the use of eyebright in the treatment of conjunctivitis.

Dr Lorenzo Diana ND

Doctor Of Naturopathic Medicine

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