As you may know I have an eye condition that effects my Macular in a similar way to Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD), but alas I am not seventy! In March I had a Sub-Macular Haemorrhage caused by sever Myopia (short-sightedness) and a combination of all the other eye conditions I posses (currently about 8).
A few weeks later at a routine appointment (that was nothing to do with my eye conditions) my GP decided to give me an eye test and inform me of a new brand of vitamin that was good for the eyes. Further research showed that it might help but at £60 for a months supply for me (being a poor student) it was never an option, and to be honest I was not sold on the idea that a vitamin pill would even help my condition.
Then I saw this story telling me that a supplement could ‘slows down blindness’. Research suggests if you have AMD and consume a diet high in antioxidants or even better high doses of antioxidant supplements it will slow down the rate of deterioration.
That’s it sorted then eat a load of fruit and vegetables and you’ll be fine… NO!
Exactly a week previously the story was “Oily fish ‘can halt eye disease'” . It suggests that eating Oily fish ‘like mackerel and salmon’ appears to slow down or even halt the progression of AMD.
So if you eat a diet of purely oily fish, with a side of antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables you should be all right… Maybe!
None of the above dietary suggestions will cure AMD and make it all go away they are only theories worked out by scientists who have run trails who’s sole aim is to prove their theory to make money.
To further complicate matters there are two types of AMD, Wet AMD and Dry AMD.
Currently there is no reliable treatment for Dry AMD, wet AMD does have treatment options that can slow down the disease but wont completely eradicate it.
My main point of this long rambling post is this – There are loads of ‘cures’ and preventative measures flying around in the media for cancer we are used to seeing them if we took every precaution we would live in contaminate free clean rooms, naked and with sterile safe foods shipped in every day. It is not reality nor is it practical do possible everything possible to prevent cancer because we simply don’t (in most cases) know what causes it.
Blindness is the same in this respect there 1001 things we can apparently do to stop us going blind but in reality Ophthalmologists (eye doctors) have not yet identified all the eye conditions that effect the human race yet let alone start on what actually causes them. Thus preventing them and curing them is impossible, but the media will still go for the story of the next cure for blindness to sell its content for a profit.