Contra Indications for Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSN following a Vitrectomy

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by George Muter, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. George Muter

    George Muter Guest

    Hi There

    I wonder whether anyone can advise me whether there are any problems with
    taking glucosamine, chondroitin and MSN supplements following surgery
    (vitrectomy) for a retinal detachment.

    I'm now 55 and have been taking the above supplements for about 3 years now
    to help with joint mobility (isn't ageing just wonderful). Recently I
    suffered a detached retina and have had surgery that involved the removal of
    the vitreous humour from inside the eye. I have also had laser surgery to
    my other eye which, crudely described, was to spot weld the retina to the
    eye wall as a precautionary measure for the future. The vitreous humour in
    that eye is still intact. I have heard that there are positive indications
    that glucosamine helps maintain the integrity of the VH but I wonder now
    that it has been removed whether it is safe to continue taking these
    supplements. I have -8.75 in both eyes and believe that this was one of the
    risk factors associated with retinal detachment but wonder whether taking
    these supplements could have been a contributory cause?

    Thank you for any information you're able to offer.

    George Muter, Oct 24, 2003
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    Dan Abel Guest

    I'm not a medical person, but I've had a retinal detachment and was very
    myopic. My understanding is that myopia is a risk factor for RD, but it
    may not be a cause and effect relationship. It is theorized that having
    an abnormally long eye may be the cause for both the myopia and the RD.
    Dan Abel, Oct 24, 2003
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