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 Posted 5/4/2013 11:26:26 PM
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I found this study interesting and well documented:

Robert Ritch

Natural compounds: evidence for a protective role in eye disease.

Glaucoma often progresses despite lowering of intraocular pressure (IOP) to acceptable or normal levels; it can also develop at normal or even low IOP on the basis of non-IOP-dependent risk factors. Therefore, a need exists for therapies limiting damage due to glaucoma that are independent of therapies that simply lower IOP. The aim of neuroprotection in glaucoma is to slow progression by blocking the mechanisms that lead to apoptosis. Many compounds have been described as neuroprotective, but the lack of availability of specific neuroprotectant compounds and the lack of clinical trials examining the benefits of neuroprotective agents for glaucoma limit their current therapeutic use. There are, however, many available natural compounds that offer the possibility of neuroprotective activity. This review summarizes the potential benefits of natural compounds in the treatment of eye disease.

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/6324494_Natural_compounds_evidence_for_a_protective_role_in_eye_disease


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Preventative: Avoid processed polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially DHA. Consume antioxidant rich foods.

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Thank you Tom. I should know from your extensive posting on this already, but let me emphasize: the key in your statement regarding DHA is "processed" right? DHA being important of course (almost the entire page 426 of the study is dedicated to DHA).

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I found that once I got my thyroid working properly a few years ago, my vision improved quite dramatically!  Make sure you're taking the necessary amounts of iodine and phenylalanine and 7-Keto DHEA.
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Transpower, thank you. Was that associated to hypothyroidism?

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Albedo,
Yes, DHA is important. Yes again it is the poor quality, oxidized, rancid oils that one should avoid. This sounds logical of course but hard to do when encapsulated and one can not smell them, or the taste is masked with 'lemon' flavor and such.

I really feel sorry for the elderly, who may already be somewhat weak. They read all the hype about fish oil so they go to the local thrift shop and buy some 'off label' cheap, crud for .99 cents, probably old, produced with poor quality control and bad manufacturing, imported from China or what have you. They end up doing more harm to themselves than good.

What the dietary oil industry (especially fish oil industry) needs is a 100% vertically integrated company. The manufacturing should be done in an oxygen-free method as possible. Each batch should be tested. Final capsules should be individually, nitrogen blister packed. Yes it would be costly, but that's what is needed.


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Thank you for your detailed reply.
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I just learned a friend of ours is probably heading to become blind! Very likely related to AMD (age-related macular degeneration). Such a terrible thing! Maybe she could have done more in terms of prevention and visiting ophthalmologists long before.

I did some research for her. This information might be useful:

Novartis has presented new results on Lucentis both in terms of efficacy and safety. A test on a set of UK patients showed a 59% reduction in blindness, according to a specific definition, following a 5 years IVs course.

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Real-world data at ARVO highlight transformational outcomes seen with Lucentis®, including lower injection frequency than in original clinical trials
  • UK real world study shows 59% reduction of legal blindness attributable to wet AMD since introduction of Lucentis with 9.7 injections spread over 5 years
  • New one year REPAIR data shows visual acuity improvement of 14 letters with an average of 3.6 Lucentis injections in myopic CNV patients
  • Largest Lucentis meta-analysis, over 10,000 patients, confirms well-established safety profile reported from extensive clinical trials and real-world experience"
http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/media-releases/en/2013/1700148.shtml

Please also refer to LEF recommendations against AMD:

http://www.lef.org/protocols/eye_ear/macular_degeneration_01.htm


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