What nutrients/supplements are needed for great eye health?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM

My right eye has what is called pinguecula (allergy - build up of protein). It looks like I have pink eye/blood shot. I can't seem to find anything that works. I've tried oils, lemon juice, honey, tear drops, eye drops, some natural eye drops (just found out they contain nitrates - so forget them), and steroids - which have helped to reduce inflammation, but I don't want to be putting steroids in my eye. There's supposedly long term side effects. Any help or suggestions on what to do?



on October 16, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Mine went away by cutting out nightshades, fruits, nuts & eggs. I don't know if you're willing to do that.

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on October 16, 2011
at 01:54 AM

I'm work in an optometrist (eye doctor) office. Dust, wind, and UV sunlight are associated with pinguecula and ptergyium (similar to the pinguecula) but grow further in. Sunglasses outdoors are the recommendation. I see them frequently in patients who live near the equator and tropics (who don't wear sunglasses). I don't know of any dietary intervention but an anti-inflammatory diet can only help - it certainly won't hurt. People take steroid eyedrops for temporary flares.

For eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts a Paleo diet is great! High lutein and zeaxanthin pigments are found in eggs, and green leafy veggies (esp.kale and spinach) and sweet potatoes are associated with lower AMD and dementia. Supplementation even helps those on SAD but Paleo is far superior. These pigments are found in the brain and decline with age unless people eat Paleo-like. Also fish oil and good omega 3 balance helps with AMD (age-related macular degeneration).

Cataracts come at an earlier age and are more severe in diabetics and those eyes exposed to a lot of sunlight and UV (again more common in the tropics and equator). A Paleo diet keeps blood sugars stable so perhaps many Paleos will delay, if not prevent cataracts. I recommend sunglasses to everyone outdoors including bright winter days when the sun can reflect off the snow and cause snow blindness (that's why skiers wear sunglasses)!

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