Macular degeneration is a condition in which the macula, located in the retinas' centers, begins to deteriorate. The two types of macular degeneration are "wet" and "dry," with the "wet" category being the most serious. Common causes of macular degeneration include age, circulatory problems, atherosclerosis, too much exposure to electromagnetic fields and poor nutrition. Symptoms may be experienced gradually or come on all of a sudden. If you want to find ways to stave off or reverse macular degeneration, consider trying these remedies and treatments.
Take 500 mg of taurine daily to help protect your retinas. It is an amino acid that aids in regenerating cells and tissues of the eye and in maintaining general eye health. Although there are no known drug interactions or side effects, consult your doctor before taking taurine if you are taking prescription drugs, are being treated for a serious medical condition, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Taurine supplements can be found at health food stores.
Increase blood flow to the retinas by talking standardized ginkgo biloba extract. Ginkgo biloba is derived from a tree found in parts of Europe, Asia and North America. Your vision may be improved by supplementing with 80 mg of gingko biloba twice each day. You can find it at any health food store. Do not use ginkgo biloba if you are taking prescription blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, anticonvulsants, diuretics, trazodone, thiazide, cyclosporine, papaverine or NSAIDS, as there may be dangerous interactions.
Eat some green leafy veggies. They contain zeaxanthin and lutein, two compounds that are highly beneficial to eye health. Start eating more collards, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens and spinach on a regular basis.
Make sure to consume more fruits that are rich in beta-carotene to help strengthen your eyes. These include cherries, nectarines, peaches, apples, cranberries, blueberries, mangoes, bananas, apricots, watermelon and cantaloupes.
Consider getting microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulation, also known as microcurrent therapy. It uses a machine that emits tiny pulses of electrical currents to the body to increase circulation and blood flow, as well as normalize cells and diminish pain. Ask your ophthalmologist if this kind of treatment is available, or consult a holistic practitioner in your area to find out if he offers microcurrent therapy. You may be able to get your own microcurrent therapy machine for home use, but it can only be prescribed by your doctor, ophthalmologist or practitioner.
Use sufficient lighting when reading or watching TV. Always make sure that you wear any eyeglasses or contact lens you have been prescribed when reading or watching TV. Let your ophthalmologist know about any alternative remedies you are pursuing.