Viatmins for eyes worth taking?

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by me6, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. me6

    me6 Guest

    Im 46 yr old male. Have been very myopic all my life.
    Wore glasses as kid

    Ive seen special vitamin formulations in Walmart just
    for "eye preservation"

    Buasch and Lomb even makes one. See link

    My question is this.... is it worth taking some kind of
    supplement or vitamin for this purpose?

    Does the research data REALLy support the benefit of
    doing so?

    Thanks in advance!
    me6, Aug 10, 2004
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  2. Your beliefs are more powerful than any research data (which is based
    on the beliefs of the researched)
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Aug 10, 2004
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  3. me6

    Dr Judy Guest

    What "purpose" are you hoping for. The B&L vitamins are based on the
    formulation used during the AREDS clinical trial. The vitamins slow the
    progression of Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) in people with
    moderate disease. There is no proven benefit to using the vitamins if you
    do not have moderate ARMD.
    A link to the AREDS study is on the B&L site. The research supports the
    use of these vitamins only for people with moderate ARMD.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Aug 11, 2004
  4. me6

    me6 Guest

    What "purpose" are you hoping for.

    I suppose my "purpose" is that by taking such vitamins
    I can "prevent" ARMD

    Is that possible?
    me6, Aug 11, 2004
  5. Of course, not.
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Aug 12, 2004
  6. me6

    me6 Guest

    Of course, not.

    Why not?

    I take statins to prevent heart why not
    vitamins to prevent eye disease?
    me6, Aug 12, 2004
  7. me6

    Dr Judy Guest

    Vitamins may have a minor role to play in prevention of ARMD but there are
    no studies to date that show this. What is known is that people who have a
    diet high in fruits and vegetables have a reduced risk of ARMD -- they still
    get the disease but at a reduced rate. The vitamins in the foods may be
    important or it could be another part of the food. Or, most likely, it is
    that people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables are not eating a lot of
    fat, meat protein and junk food and they likely have other healthy habits
    like exercise and not smoking.

    The major risk factor for ARMD is age, no matter what else you do, the older
    you are the more at risk you are. The second major risk factor is smoking.
    The third is having vascular disease. Way down the list is diet. To put
    things in perspective, smoking increases your risk of ARMD by 400% and the
    AREDS study vitamins decreased risk by about 30%. So the vitamins
    compensate for less than 10% of the risk created by smoking.

    The vitamins contain a high dose of beta carotene which increases the risk
    of lung cancer in smokers and a high dose of zinc which may increase the
    risk of prostate cancer. The vitamins cost about $15 to $20 a month; I
    usually advise my patients to spend that amount of money on extra fruits
    and vegetables instead of pills.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Aug 13, 2004
  8. It depends on how you use the eyes.
    I don't think that vitamins have anything to do with the way you use
    your eyes at a mental level.
    But perhaps you may find a key to this.
    Your doubting and asking makes me doubt too about your mental powers
    in that respect.
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Aug 13, 2004
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