Your vision is your most precious sense. A study was once done that shows that many people fear losing their sight more than death! I have daily discussions with my patients on what they can do to preserve their good eyesight.
So, is there a magic pill that can prevent you from going blind?
In short, no.
So what’s with all the eye vitamins on the shelves at your local drug store?
The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) has identified a specific formula of vitamins and supplements that has proven to slow the progression of macular degeneration. Here’s the kicker, though: the study only shows a benefit for those who already have macular degeneration. It does not confirm that taking these vitamins will prevent you from developing this condition.
So what can I do?
There are things that you can do to help protect your macula:
-Make it a point to have your eyes dilated EVERY YEAR! Skipping dilation is like going to the dentist and not opening your mouth!
-UV protection: Wear sunglasses any time you go outside!
-A healthy diet including leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach
-Keep your blood pressure in check
-Don’t stare at the sun (even during eclipses) or laser pointers
-And, for goodness sake, STOP SMOKING!
Dr. Canaan Montgomery is an optometrist in Paducah, KY. As an eye doctor in Paducah, he treats eye disease, fits standard and specialty contact lenses, and treats pediatric patients.
Note: This is not medical advice. If you have questions regarding your eye health or supplementation, you should speak with your eye doctor.