Bits of cellular debris floating within the eye are commonly referred to as floaters. Because these floaters cast shadows over the retina, the individual sees small specks that move slowly before the eyes, especially in certain lights and against certain backgrounds. They often appear as transparent, gray or black dots, specks, cobwebs, squiggles, strands or any variety of other shapes. These specks and strings move when you move your eyes, so when you try to look at them, they appear to dart away. Although they can be annoying they are considered harmless.
Most eye floaters are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes become more liquid. When the vitreous becomes more liquid, microscopic fibers within the eye clump together. These clumps of debris float around within the vitreous cavity, and they case tiny shadows on your retina, which you may see as floaters. Eye floaters are most noticeable when you look at a plain bright background such as a blue sky or a plain white wall. Most people tend to ignore them.
Elderly and nearsighted people are most likely to complain of floaters. Most floaters eventually become less noticeable and are considered benign. In most cases, the floaters eventually settle down to the bottom of the vitreous cavity out of the line of vision. In rare instances, eye floaters can become so numerous that they significantly interfere with your vision.
Floaters that coalesce into long, stringy strands may be caused by a disorder called fibrillar degeneration of the vitreous. This condition is usually caused by excessive exposure to sunlight. If you notice a sudden increase in the number of eye floaters you see, especially if you also see flashes of light or notice that your vision becomes hazy, you should contact your eye care specialist immediately. These can be symptoms of a retinal tear or a retinal detachment, which requires prompt attention.
CAUSES OF EYE FLOATERS
Eye floaters most commonly occur as a result of age-related changes in the vitreous, the jelly-like substance that fills your eyeballs and helps them maintain their round shape. Millions of fine fibers are intertwined within the vitreous. These fibers are attached to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of your eyes.
Over time, the vitreous changes in consistency and partially liquefies - a process that causes it to shrink and pull away from the interior surface of the eyeball. Most people over the age of 40 experience this phenomenon to some extent. Over 50 percent of people over 70 years of age report seeing floaters. As the vitreous shrinks and sags, it clumps up and gets stringy. Other spots can be caused by little bits of protein trapped within the eye during pregnancy. Trauma to the eye or breakdown of the vitreous humour may also cause spots and floaters. Bits of this debris block some of the light passing through the eye, casting tiny shadows on your retina. Many floaters remain in the eye for long periods of time before they gradually disappear.
Usually, these changes in the vitreous occur gradually. But in some cases, a section of the vitreous will pull away from the retina suddenly - causing many new floaters to appear all at once. You might also see flashes of light when the fine fibers in the vitreous tug on your retina.
Sometimes, these fine fibers pull so hard that they cause your retina to tear and pull away from the back of your eye. While a vitreous detachment by itself doesn't threaten your sight, it can cause a retinal tear or a retinal detachment - a medical emergency that requires urgent treatment. A retinal detachment can lead to permanent vision loss.
Floaters are commonly found in nearsighted people and people with food allergies and candidiasis. Vitreous detachment is also common in diabetes, but the highest rate of complaints of floaters is in people over the age of 70. This is when the prevalence of a vitreous detachment jumps from 10 percent of the population to 63 percent.
From Chinese Medicine perspective, floaters are an indication of congestion in the liver, kidney and colon. The herbs and nutrients recommended below are chosen for their abilities to eliminate congestion in these organs in order to keep the vitreous of the eye clear from these annoying specks, as well as to help strengthen the retinal tissue and integrity of the blood vessels.
Chronic stress in one's life may also play a role in the generation of floaters, so having a routine of relaxation and meditation is very important.
RISK FACTORS FOR EYE FLOATERS
Age over 40. Nearsightedness. Eye trauma. Complications from cataract surgery. Diabetic retinopathy. Inflammation of the eye.
Most eye floaters require no treatment. If your eye floaters are so numerous that they significantly interfere with your vision, your health care provider might suggest a surgical procedure that uses a hollow needle to withdraw the vitreous from your eye. The vitreous is replaced with a saltwater solution or an artificial gel. However, this procedure can cause retinal detachment and cataract, and it may not remove all floaters.
There are a few eye care providers that are performing laser surgery for floaters, but one of the major criteria for one's eligibility for this procedure is the location of the floaters in the vitreous fluid. In one website, they described that most people that may be eligible for laser surgery would have had a post vitreous detachment (PVD), which sometimes pushes the floaters toward the middle of the eyes and away from the retina and lens.
This procedure has not yet been accepted by most of the medical community, probably due to the associated risks.
HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS & NUTRITION
Coleus (Coleus forskohlii) is an herb in the mint family that is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. Studies have shown that coleus will lower intraocular pressure by relaxing smooth muscles in the eye. It also has antihistamine properties, which may reduce the allergic component of increased eye pressure.
Gingko (Gingko biloba) has been shown to increase visual acuity in people with macular degeneration. It increases blood circulation to the head, which includes the brain and the eyes, so it can speed healing of all of the tissues associated with vision. Gingko Biloba Leaf contains special phytonutrients (terpenes, lactones, bilobalide, ginkgolides A, B, C) which help enhance blood circulation to the eye and entire body. Supports healthy intraocular pressure in the eye. Powerful support for healthy histamine response.
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinalis radix) is another universal liver tonic, aiding in the digestion and balancing of blood sugar levels, which combine to create good health for the eyes. In addition, dandelion contains antioxidants to help tissues stay healthy.
Eyebright (Euphrasis officinalis) has been known throughout history as an effective herb to help tonify the eyes. Eyebright contains natural vitamin A and C (not synthetics). Helps the body to overcome inflammation for both chronic and acute inflammation of the eye and eyelids. Helps nourish the entire eye and promotes healthy sensitivity to light.
Milk Thistle (silybum marianum) is an excellent liver tonic. It increases the flow of bile from the liver, helping to detoxify poisons in our bloodstream. It nourishes the liver, reducing stress and increasing energy throughout the body.
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), the European version of the blueberry, has been called the vision herb for its powerful effect on all types of visual disorders. Research has shown that bilberry can improve night vision, relieve visual fatigue, and protect the eyes from glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Bilberry improves the delivery of oxygen and blood to the eyes, strengthens the capillaries that feed the eye muscles and nerves, and works as an antioxidant to inhibit damage by free radicals.
Bupleurem (umbelliferae) improve the free flow of energy in the body.
Gardenia (rubiaceae) reduces heat in the body allowing better free flow of energy.
Blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) has high content of antioxidants for powerful free radical protection. Supports sharper night vision and reduced eye fatigue. Strong support for blood vessels, especially around the eyes.
French Maritime Pine Bark (Pinus pinaster) contains powerful phytonutrients, including catechin, epicatechin, taxifolin, procyanidins, and proanthocyanidins. Helps protect the retina, blood vessels and healthy fluid in the eye.
Horsetail Herb (Equisetum arvense) supports healthy calcium metabolism in the eye and the whole body. Helps the body to overcome inflammation, astringent and tissue healing.
Barberry Bark (Berberis vulgaris) contains berberine which promotes strong immune-specific protection. Helps strengthen the eye as well as the liver and gallbladder which are linked via the meridians to the eye.
Grape Seed Extract supports retina, capillaries and visual acuity (sharpness of objects). Powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed is rich in alkaloids, protein and minerals that nourish the eye. A powerful support against bacteria, a powerful circulatory support.
Natural Eye Care: ReVision Formula
ReVision Formula for overall eye health. ReVision Formula is based on the classic formula Rambling Powder (Xiao Yao San) which includes Bupleurem, Dong Guai, White Peony, Poria, Atractylodes and Licorice, plus additional herbs Tree Peony, Ginger, Gardenia, Coleus, Gingko, Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Eyebright, Bilberry and Hoelen. This formula comes in a tincture, and helps improve conditions relating to glaucoma, macular degeneration and floaters by helping to improve blood circulation and eliminating stagnation of energy to the eyes. Recommended dosage is 1/2 dropperful (approximately 12-15 drops) 2 times a day for prevention, or 3 times a day for treatment. Best times to take the herbs are when you get up in the morning, and when you go to sleep at night. Best taken on an empty stomach. Note: This product is only to be taken orally. It is not an eyedrop.
Natural Eye Care: Advanced Eye & Vision Support Formula
Dr. Grossman's Advanced Eye & Vision Support Whole Food Formula Proprietary Formula contains European Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), South American Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), European Eyebright Herb (Euphrasia off.), European Horsetail Herb (Equisetum arv.), European Pine Bark (Pinus pinaster), South American Barberry Bark (Berberis vulgaris), Chinese Gingko Biloba Leaf, Lutein (3.5 mg), Zeaxanthin (6 mg) from Marigold (Tagetes erecta), Alpha Lipoic Acid (naturally-derived), Grape Seed Extract (pesticide-free), South American Piper Nigrum Seed, Grade A Japanese Chlorella (C. pyrenoidosa), Wild Blue Green Algae (Aphan. flos-aquae), European Vegetable Extracts (Carrot, Broccoli), European Propolis Extract (pesticide-free), Medicinal Mushroom Extracts (raw & fermented mycelial extracts), Reishi (Hericium erin.), Coriolus versicolor; Japanese Marine Coral Minerals, Stabilized Rice Bran, Plant Enzymes. 100% vegetable capsule, excipient-free (no binders, fillers, glues or toxic chemicals). Therapeutic Dosage take 2 VCaps per day with or without meals, best taken at different times. For Preventative Dosage take 1 VCap per day with or without meals.
VERY IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS
Floater Homeopathic Pellets
Herbal Remedies: Hyaluronic Acid, Hydraplenish With BioCell Collagen, vegetarian, Nature's Way, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
Hyaluronic Acid Hydraplenish contains the patented BioCell Collagen II complex for healthy connective tissue and synovial fluid. Hyaluronic Acid Hydraplenish has superior bioavailability and a lower molecular weight than other sources of hyaluronic acid. Take 2 capsules daily. For intensive use: Take 4 capsules daily.
Herbal Remedies: Hyaluronic Acid Supplement, With Lignisul MSM, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
In the past few years, Hyaluronic Acid supplements have emerged as one of the most significant new dietary supplements in the health products market. In the United States, hyaluronic acid has been used for years in eye surgery as a shock absorber to protect the retina, it has been proven effective in lubricating arthritic joints. As a dietary supplement, take 2 Vcaps 1-2 times daily, preferably with meals.
Herbal Remedies: Hyaluronic Acid, Hydraplenish With MSM & BioCell Collagen, Vegetarian, Nature's Way, 60 VCaps
Hyaluronic Acid Hydraplenish contains the patented BioCell Collagen II complex for healthy connective tissue and synovial fluid plus Opti MSM to support healthy hair. Take 2 capsules daily. For intensive use: Take 4 capsules daily. Caution: If pregnant or lactating, consult your health care professional before taking this product. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place.
Herbal Remedies: Nature's Way Ginkgold Eyes Plus, With Ginkgo Biloba, Lutein, Bilberry, & Zeaxanthin, Vegetarian, 60 Caps
Nature's Way Ginkgold eye supplement supports visual function and is the only Ginkgo extract shown to stimulate activity in all areas of the brain. Ginkgold was used in over 400 studies. Ginkgold uniquely contains over 20 active/coactive constituents in their clinically proven ratios. Ingredients: Bilberry Fruit, dried extract 25% anthocyanins, 120 mg, Ginkgold, patented ginkgo biloba dried extract, 60 mg, Lutein Carotenoid (FloraGLO Marigold extract), 20 mg, Zeazanthin Carotenoid (FloraGLO Marigold extract), 1 mg. Take 2 tablets daily.
Natural Eye Care: Clear Focus
Clear Focus is a liquid based sublingual formula containing Bilberry, Lutein, Ginkgo Biloba and Zeaxanthin. This formula is taken by dropper under the tongue (5 drops is one dose). For therapeutic purposes, take 5 drops under the tongue 5 times per day for the first 2 months (each bottle lasts approximately 1 month), then take 5 drops 3 times per day thereafter (each bottle after 2nd month lasts approximately 53 days). For preventive purposes, take 3 drops 3 times per day for the first 2 months, then 5 drops 2 times per day thereafter, or as directed by a health care professional.
Herbal Remedies: Thisilyn, Milk Thistle Extract, Nature's Way, 175 mg, 100 VCaps
Nature's Way Thisilyn, Milk Thistle Extract, is especially recommended for those who drink, smoke, or are exposed to environmental pollutants. Thisilyn, the unique standardized milk thistle extract, is the world's standard for quality. Clinical studies using Standardized Milk thistle extract show that it supports and promotes normal liver function. The active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that exerts a protective effect against substances harmful to the liver. Take one capsule three times daily with liquid before mealtimes. Thisilyn can safely be used on a long term basis.
Herbal Remedies: Milk Thistle Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 175 mg, 60 VCaps
Nature's Way Milk Thistle extract supports normal liver function. The active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin and it's sub-component silibinin, are powerful antioxidants in the liver and exert a protective effect against substances that may be potentially harmful to the liver. Nature's Way standardized milk thistle is a scientifically and technically advanced herbal extract standardized to 80% silymarin. Take one capsule three times daily with water at mealtimes.
Natural Eye Care: MSM Eyedrops 1 oz (30 ml)
MSM eyedrops permit better eye health. MSM Eyedrops provide the cellular nutrition necessary to make the outer tissues soft and permeable, and are safe for all topological uses. Sterile and nontoxic, MSM Water Drops contain no chemicals to irritate your skin. MSM Water Drops can be used for all topological applications. Ingredients: Oxygenated water, Saline, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) MSM, a natural occurring sulfur in the body. Put 1 drop in each affected eye 2-3 times per day, or as often as needed.
Herbal Remedies: Omega 3 Fish Oil, NOW Foods, Lemon Flavored Liquid, 7 oz.
Concentrated Fish Oils with EPA DHA is the primary structural fatty acid in the gray matter of the brain and the retina of the eye. Scientific studies conducted primarily on healthy infants, young children, and developing fetuses indicate that DHA supports mental and visual functions in humans. As a dietary supplement, take 1 teaspoonful one or more times daily with meals or at bedtime.
Herbal Remedies: Barlean's Greens Superfood Supplement, 9.3 oz.
It's hardly a secret that our modern world produces food desperately lacking in minerals, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, carotenoids and antioxidants. Barlean's Greens is a concentrated storehouse of these important nutrients that are stripped from modern day food. With equal proportions of organic barley leaf, rye leaf, oat leaf and alfalfa leaf, Barlean's triple potency formula combined with this other green ingredients, gives you the benefit of well over 7000 mg of green superfoods per serving! Barlean's Greens are revered for supporting the purification and cleansing of vital organs, body tissues and blood supply. Each serving of Barlean's Greens provides an optimal proprietary blend of the most vitalizing plant based ingredients. Ingredients: BioGreen 15:1 (Triple Potency Concentrate), Organic Spirulina, Organic Flaxmeal, RiceX Rice Bran, Chlorella C. G. F., Sea Vegetables, Spinach, Parsley, Astragalus, Schizandra, Acerola cherry, Rosemary extract, Green Tea extract, Curcumin extract, Stevia, n-zimes Digestive Enzyme blend. Put one heaping tablespoon (three teaspoons) in 8 oz. of pure water or juice of choice and simply stir. Barlean's Greens mixes instantly and tastes great. This nutrient rich super food can be taken one to three times daily.
Natural Eye Care: NanoGreens 10, 12.7 oz.
An organic green drink. NanoGreens can only be purchased by Health Care Professionals. Patients who want to buy NanoGreens products may obtain them from their Health Care Professionals. Mix 1 level scoop (enclosed) with 6-8 ounces of pure, cold water. Shake or stir briskly. Can be taken 1-3 times per day. Best taken on an empty stomach - first thing in the morning is ideal.
Herbal Remedies: Alpha Lipoic Acid, NOW Foods, 250 mg, 60 Caps
Broad-spectrum protection from damaging free radicals, both ROS (reactive oxygen species) and RNS (reactive nitrogen species), It has been proven by research to raise glutathione (a critical protective antioxidant) blood levels from 30 to 70%. It helps rejuvenate oxidized vitamins C and E, glutathione and CoQ-10 for premier protection from cellular damage. Promotes dramatic reduction of free radical damage and associated cataract risk.
Herbal Remedies: Chlorella Green Algae, Nature's Way, 410 mg, 100 Caps
Green Algae Chlorella also helps to clear heavy metal and harmful chemicals from the body. Detoxifies liver, blood and cleans bowels. Chlorella contains many nutrients important for health maintenance and energy. Usage Warnings: Accidental overdose of iron containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a health care provider or poison control center immediately. Take as an addition to the daily diet, take three capsules three times daily, preferably with food.
Herbal Remedies: Chlorella Powder, NOW Foods, 100% Pure, 4 oz.
The cell wall in Now Foods Chlorella powder has been broken down mechanically to aid digestibility and has been screened to produce clean, high-quality Chlorella. Chlorella is a green single-celled micro algae that contains the highest concentrations of chlorophyll known to man (60mg/serving). Chlorella supplies high levels of Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B-12, iron, RNA and DNA, and protein. As a dietary supplement, take one rounded tsp one or more times daily, mixed in water, fruit, or vegetable juice. No warnings.
Herbal Remedies: Spirulina Blue Green Algae (Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae) Powder, 4 oz. Bulk
Powerful genesis effect for tissue rejuvenation. Spirulina Blue Green Algae (aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae) is a single-celled, spiral-shaped blue-green microalgae that is often called a 'superfood' because of its nutrient-density. A highly digestible food, spirulina is at least 60% vegetable protein, which is predigested by the algae. It is higher in protein than any other food. Its outstanding nutritional profile also includes the essential fatty acids, GLA fatty acid, lipids, the nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), B complex, vitamin C and E and phytochemicals, such as carotenoids, chlorophyll (blood purifier), and phycocyanin (a blue pigment), which is a protein that is known to inhibit cancer. The carotenoids and chlorophyll may also contribute to Spirulina's anticancer and apparent immunogenic effects. Suggested Dosage or Use: 1 tsp. 2 to 3 times a day depending on condition.
Herbal Remedies: Bee Propolis Extract, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
NOW Raw Bee Propolis is collected from domestic and overseas beekeepers and is one of the richest sources of bioflavonoids known. Bees collect the propolis from the resin of certain select trees and use it to line the hive. Bee Propolis is a waxy substance collected by honey bees which contains phytotonizides. Phytotonizides are believed to contain immunity factors, which when used internally, benefit the body and gives it a natural resistance to diseases (a natural antibiotic). Delivers unparalleled, broad-spectrum protection for the skin (epithelium) and mucosa of the eye. Suggested Dosage or Use: As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules 1-3 times daily.
Herbal Remedies: Mushroom Master, 3 Mushroom Tincture, Red Reishi, Shiitake & Maitake Mushroom Extracts, Herbal Remedies USA, 2 fl. oz.
Mushroom Master 3 Mushroom Liquid tincture supplement contains Red Reishi, Shiitake & Maitake Mushroom Extracts which have been studied and used in Asia for their medicinal values. Contains special highly bioavailable alkaloids and triterpenes which support eye, nerve and liver rejuvenation. Powerful immune-specific support.
CARROT EXTRACT - Rich in flavonoids, carotene, natural vitamins and minerals. Cleanses and supports the liver and kidneys (linked to the eyes). Supports healthy eyesight and helps improve night blindness.
BROCCOLI EXTRACT - Rich in calcium, carotenoids, vitamins A, C and K and all the essential amino acids (helps in regeneration of worn out tissue). Contains a unique array of antioxidants and phytochemicals, capable of quenching free radicals.
The Vision Diet - Recommended in Natural Eye Care: An Encyclopedia on CD
- By Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac. and Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac.
This CD covers 29 major eye conditions including Floaters with specific nutrient, diet, exercise and juicing instructions by eye condition, plus much more.
Daily juicing of vegetables and fruits (preferably organic). A floater recipe is some combination of the following: garlic, parsley, beets, carrots, celery, parsnip, apple, raspberries (not too much fruit).
For Cataracts, Conjunctivitis: Carrot, spinach, celery, endive, parsley, blueberry, apple. For Glaucoma: Dandelion root, beet including top, carrots, apple, blueberry.
For Macular Degeneration: Broccoli, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, apples, raspberries, greens.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing
Herbal Remedies: L'Equip Blender, Model 228 R.P.M., 500-20,000 R.P.M., 900 Watt
The L'Equip Blender Model 228 R.P.M. Blender puts unmatched power and convenience at your fingertips. Preparing your favorite recipes and drinks has never been easier.
Herbal Remedies: L'Equip Visor Food Processor & Juicier, Natural Processor, 509, Electric
You'll love your new L'Equip VISOR 509 Natural Processor and Juicer because it's quiet, easy to clean and most importantly gives you the best nutrition and more juice.
For protein, emphasize fish, soy (in moderation), almonds, sunflower seed and sesame seeds. avoid meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products and most other nuts.
Eat brown rice and other whole grains instead of refined and processed grains (such as white bread and pasta).
Limit your intake of citrus fruit, particularly those high in vitamin C such as tangerines, kiwi fruit, oranges, lemons, papayas and pineapples.
Use unsulfered molasses and fruit juices for sweetening instead of white sugar, chocolate or honey.
Drink rice, almond or soy milk, herb tea or unsweetened, diluted from fruit juices instead of coffee, tea, alcohol and dairy drinks.
Steam or bake foods instead of frying them.
Eat lots of vegetables, but avoid the nightshade family (tomatoes, green peppers, white potatoes and eggplant).
Minimize your use of salt.
Supplement your diet with a good multi-vitamin and/or and organic green drink daily.
Try to manage your stress. Take up Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, walks in nature, or prayer on a daily basis.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Vitamin A 25,000-50,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for all eye disorders.
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels,
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Lutein can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals. Needed for all eye disorders.
Lutein Supplement, Nature's Way, 20 mg, 60 Softgels,
Lutein Esters, 20 mg, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene,
Apple Pectin As directed on label. Chelates heavy metals that can circulate through the eyes. L-Methionine As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B-6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Chelates heavy metals. See Amino Acids for more information.
L-Methionine, 500 mg, Plus Vitamin B-6, 10 mg, 100 Caps
Oxy-5000 Forte As directed on label. A potent nutritional antioxidant for health and stress that destroys free radicals. Calcium 1,500 mg daily in 3 divided doses. Important in normal nerve impulse transmission.
Calcium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 700 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Liquid Calcium W/ConcenTrace, Orange Vanilla, Trace Minerals, 1000 mg, 32 fl. oz.,
Cal-Mag Pre-Chelated Calcium & Magnesium, Vital Earth, 240 Gelcaps
Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral As directed on label. Important for general health.
Damage Control Master Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Formula, High Potency, 60 Packets
RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT DESCRIPTIONS
Zeaxanthin is considered by experts to be the most important carotenoid antioxidant for eye protection. It is the most needed by the eye but the least available in the diet. Dosage of 6 mg per Vcap is recommended for maximum eye protection. Caution: Most eye products do not contain zeaxanthin at all or have small amounts since it is very expensive, including adding a token amount often listed in micrograms (mcg) such as 800 mcg or less, and often it is synthetic.
South American Zeaxanthin (concentrated from pesticide-free South American marigold (not from a synthetic source) is the most important carotenoid (a special class of nutrients) for eye health and protection. Diet provides only about 180 mcg/day. Therapeutic levels: 6 mg per Vcap are critical for protection during injury or illness. Studies recommend 4 mg per day total (both zeaxanthin and lutein) to prevent AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration). Research shows it helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts (in combination with lutein). Zeaxanthin helps effectively quench free radicals (singlet oxygen & peroxyl radical) with lutein, protecting the macula, retina and lens of the eye.
Lutein is included - 3.5 mg/Vcap of natural-source lutein, another key carotenoid antioxidant, for its superior benefits in eye health. Lutein (from marigold - (not synthetic source) has been proven to help protect the macula, retina, lens and more. Together, zeaxanthin and lutein in a formula work as powerful synergists, with the sum of their benefits far exceeding their individual effects. For example, together they help absorb near-to-UV light which can damage the retina.
EYE FLOATER SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Information, supplements and products for dry eye syndrome, a condition which occurs when tear ducts do not produce enough fluid to sufficiently moisten the eyes, causing irritation and burning.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Beta Carotene is 100% all natural from Dunaliella Salina.
CamoClear Soothing Eye Wash, Herbal Eye Wash, CamoCare, 10 Single Use Droppers
CamoClear Soothing Herbal Eye wash gives you instant, natural and long lasting relief for dry, tired or irritated eyes, due to dust, pollen, pollution, smoke irritants, sun glare, wind, swimming, air conditioning/heating and computer work.
Clear Eye Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags
To nurture the eye and pacify the nervous system, protect retina, and improve eyesight.
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear, TCM Formula, Shanze Xiaozhi, 60 Caps
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear Chinese Formulas are made of extracts from astragalus root, pueraria root, seashore vitex, common peony root, cimicifuge, phellodendron, licorice, cnidium, Chinese angelica root (Dong Quai) and ginseng.
Digestive Enzymes, 750 mg, 100 Caps
Since cooking destroys many of the digestive enzymes in food, taking plant fiber-based digestive enzymes aids in digesting even the heaviest meal.
Dry Eye Relief Eye Drops, Homeopathic, 0.33 fl. oz.
Eye Doctor recommended Similasan Eye Drops for dry, red eyes stimulate the eye's natural ability to fight dryness and clear redness due to smog, stress, age, contact lens wear, etc.
Essential Fatty Acids, By Deborah Lee
"Woodland Health Series". Describes the benefits and functions of the three essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, linolenic acid and arachidonic acid.
EyeFactor HA÷ for Healthy Vision with HA, Hyalogic, 120 Count
Hyaluronic acid makes up 95% of the fluid inside the eye. Acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye.
Eye Support Formula With Bilberry, Lutein & Antioxidants, NOW Foods, 60 Caps
NOW "Health Care Provider Recommended" Eye Support Formula eye supplement offers a full range of antioxidant nutrients which may aid in maintaining some visual functions with Lutein and Bilberry.
Fisol Fish Oil Supplement, EPA DHA, Enteric Coated, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 90 Softgels
Fisol, enteric coated, fish oil supplement delivers 30% EPA and 20% DHA. The unique coating withstands stomach acid so Fisol dissolves in the small intestine and maximizes the body's absorption of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.
Magnesium Citrate Complex, Nature's Way, 250 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Magnesium Citrate is an advanced chelate from which enhances absorption of magnesium by providing excellent solubility.
Nature's Way Ginkgold Eyes Plus Lutein, 20 mg, Vegetarian, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Nature's Way Ginkgold eye supplement supports visual function and is the only Ginkgo extract shown to stimulate activity in all areas of the brain
Neuromins DHA Supplement (Docosahexaenoic Acid), Nature's Way, 100 mg, 60 Softgels
Neuromins brand high quality DHA Supplement is sourced from microalgae and fortified with Vitamin C and E.
Once Daily Multi-Vitamin With Iron, All Natural, Lactose Free, Nature's Way, 100 Tabs
Nature's Way Daily Multi Vitamin with Iron provides many of the essential nutrients that modern diets may lack. They are useful for protection, growth and maintenance of body systems as they age.
Selenium, 100% Natural, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
Selenium is an essential component of glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.
Synthovial Seven, Pure Hyaluronic Acid, Hyalogic, 1 oz.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been proven by numerous medical studies to alleviate pain and suffering from arthritis of the knee and other joints.
Taurine, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid which is not utilized in protein synthesis, but is mainly found free in most tissues, especially throughout the nervous system.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene, 60 Caps
Visi Clear Eye Vitamin with Lutein and Bilberry is one of the few products that provide both lutein and whole kale and Zeaxanthin, another powerful carotenoid, to maximize antioxidant activity.
Vision Formula With Lutein & Bilberry, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Vision formula with Lutein & Bilberry Eye Supplement supports normal eye function by utilizing Lutein, a key carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables, which protects the retina by blocking harmful blue light.
Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Vitamin B-12 Supplements & Products
An assortment of various B-12 products.
Zinc Chelate, 100% Natural, Zinc Supplement, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way chelated Zinc supplement is 100% natural chelated with an advanced amino acid complex for superior absorption.
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NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF...
Most people have a few floaters bouncing around inside their eyes. But you should contact an eye specialist promptly if you notice a flood of new floaters, especially if they're accompanied by lights flashing in your peripheral vision. These painless symptoms could be caused by a retinal tear, with or without a retinal detachment - a sight-threatening condition that requires immediate attention. Even waiting a few days can result in permanent loss of sight.
GENERAL EYE CONCERNS OR PROBLEMS
You or a family member (such as a child) are having problems distinguishing colors, you may need to be tested for color blindness.
You or a family member are having problems with vision and/or you suspect an infection. Call your health care provider immediately if you experience severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision, such as loss of vision or double vision.
You have any increase of symptoms. You may need frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription. If you have blurred or double vision that develops slowly; are having a problem seeing because of daytime glare or have difficulty driving at night because of glare from headlights, you need to see your health care provider.
You have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. There may be underlying health issues that need to be addressed.
Are having vision problems that are affecting your ability to perform daily activities.
Call your child's health care provider if your baby does not look directly at or respond readily to faces or large, colorful objects by age 2 to 3 months or if your child scowls, squints, or shields his or her eyes more than expected when in sunlight, or light seems to hurt your child's eyes.
You and your family members should have your eyesight checked regularly by your health care provider to rule out any problems and to receive a prescription for contacts or eyeglasses, if they are needed. Preserve you vision... it is very important.
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