Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye that can lead to blindness by affecting the center of vision, causing blind spots. There are two forms, wet and dry macular degeneration. The dry form is more common and tends to progress more slowly and less severely than the wet form, which can often progress to total blindness. Macular degeneration currently affects more than 13 million Americans.
According towebmd, “Most patients with macular degeneration have the dry form of the disease and can lose some form of central vision. However, the dry form of macular degeneration can lead to the wet form. Although only about 10% of people with macular degeneration develop the wet form, they make up the majority of those who experience serious vision loss from the disease. So any natural treatment of wet macular degeneration would also be good for dry macular degeneration since the disease starts with the dry form and progresses to the wet form of the disease.”
The good news is that there are many ways to naturally treat macular degeneration, from dietary changes to essential oils. Here is a list Dr. Axe, the renowned Certified Nutrition Specialist, Natural Medicine expert, and licensed chiropractor has compiled on his website:
There are also recommendations on foods to eat and those foods that should be eliminated from the diet.
Frankincense oil has been demonstrated to improve eyesight, helichrysum oil improves vision and supports nerve tissue, and cypress essential oil improves circulation which can subsequently alleviate the symptoms of macular degeneration.
Apply 3 drops of any of these essential oils twice daily on cheeks and lateral eye area, but don’t apply directly into the eyes.
Any combination of habit changes, dietary changes, supplementation and essential oils is likely to produce improvement in most cases of macular degeneration. However, these recommendations are considered an adjunct to your current treatments. Treatment and follow-ups with your eye care professional must be continued in order to maintain healthy eyes and vision!
Dr. Jenna Zigler
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