Herbs for Eye Health

Herbs for Eye HealthFor centuries, people have used herbs to treat various eye conditions, ranging from eye strain to glaucoma. Although there’s little science to support these uses, several herbs do contain healthful substances that could prevent or treat eye ailments or support vision. Caution: Glaucoma, cataracts and retinal problems require medical supervision. Tell your doctor and pharmacist of any herbs you are taking.

1. Bilberry

Bilberries contain anthocyanosides, plant pigments that act as anti-oxidants–substances that help prevent and repair cell damage–and that might help prevent cataracts or help treat damage to the retina.

2. Eyebright

Herbalists commonly use eyebright to treat eye ailments, especially eye strain and mild infections. It’s taken as a dietary supplement or used in eye washes or compresses.

3. Ginkgo biloba

This popular herb, known for promoting circulation, might benefit those who have eye damage from diabetes, glaucoma or macular degeneration.

4. Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract could possibly ease the complications of eye damage related to diabetes and other vision problems, such as macular degeneration–or so some claim–but while grape seeds contain anti-oxidants.

5. Goldenseal

Traditionally used to treat infections, goldenseal contains berberine, a compound that might help fight mild eye infections such as conjunctivitis, but there’s not much berberine in goldenseal preparations.

6. Turmeric/Curcumin

Turmeric, might help prevent cataracts.

Read the original at livestrong.com

Your eyesight is your most precious sense and it is important that you maintain your visual wellness by scheduling a yearly comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Drop into 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore for all your eye care needs. We have a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your vision. Walk-in’s are welcome but we ask that you come 15 minutes prior to your desired appointment time.

 

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