Macular degeneration or age related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when new blood vessels develop in the macular region of the eye under the retina. It may be of the wet or dry types. Wet macular degeneration starts off with vision loss in one eye but nearly 15% of patients eventually develop the condition in both eyes. Both wet and dry AMD lead to blurry vision, field depth perception changes, poor tolerance for light, and other problems that make it difficult for the patient to read or drive. Home remedies for AMD are geared towards halting the progression of the disease. Given below are some of the most effective dry and wet macular degeneration alternative treatment options:
1. Lutein supplements
Lutein is a form of Vitamin A and also an antioxidant. It is related to beta carotene which is needed for healthy eyes. You must take 10 mg of Lutein daily for a healthy vision and to halt the progress of AMD.
Saffron for macular degeneration is a popular and effective Ayurvedic remedy. This is a red colored, fragrant and rather expensive spice that is used in many Asian cuisines. It contains antioxidants and beta carotene which help strengthen the eyes. Strands of saffron are available in the market readily these days.You can also buy saffron extract pills to reverse eye degeneration and promote weight loss. But the best way to use saffron for macular degeneration is to warm up the spice a bit (use no more than 4-5 strands at a time) and add it to a glass of warm milk and a teaspoon of local, raw honey. Drink a glass of this soothing beverage at bedtime.
3. Fish oil
Fish oil is known to protect joint, heart and brain health; additionally, it can also halt the progression of wet and dry macular degeneration. Take fish oil supplements containing the right ratio of EPA and DHA essential fatty acids. Talk to your doctor if needed.
4. Maintain healthy weight
Obesity is one of the most important factors linked to eye issues. So, one of the easiest ways to prevent macular degeneration is to maintain a healthy weight.
5. Best diet for AMD
The best foods for preventing and reversing macular degeneration are green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits (especially all yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables), fish and whole grains. Eggs are a good source of Lutein so eat plenty of eggs with bright yellow yolks. Eat 2-3 tablespoons of cooked spinach every day. Also eat carrots, broccoli and kale. Foods to avoid for macular degeneration are refined grains, processed foods, refined sugar and sugary drinks etc.
6. Avoid smoking
Smokers and ex-smokers are often at a greater risk for macular degeneration. It is best to avoid smoking for stronger eyes.
7. Maintain healthy blood pressure
Healthy blood pressure is necessary to prevent eye problems like dry or wet age related macular degeneration. Exercise regularly, eat healthy and maintain a healthy body mass index. Avoid using too much salt in the diet.
8. Protect your eyes
When outdoors, use protective goggles and a hat to protect the eyes from the harsh glare of the sun.
9. Take supplements for reversing macular degeneration
Take following supplements daily. Choose the highest dosage available.
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin
- Vitamin C- this antioxidant is necessary for good health and strong immune system.
- Beta Carotene
- Vitamin E
10. Essential oils for macular degeneration
Many soothing essential oils can help reverse progress of the disease by fighting inflammation. Frankincense, carrot and helichrysum oils are some of the best essential oils for macular degeneration. Add the oils to warm water and use this as a soothing compress for the eyes. You can also dilute the oils in coconut oil and massage around the eyes at bedtime. Inhaling the oils through a diffuser or steam inhaler can also help.
11. Coconut oil
Coconut oil may prevent progression of wet and dry macular degeneration. Take a couple of tablespoons of the oil daily in your diet. You can also use it to massage gently around the eyes.
12. Herbal tea recipes for AMD prevention and reversal
Use the following recipe containing herbs for macular degeneration:
- 1 tsp each bilberry, pulsatilla, raspberry leaves and black currants
- 2 cups boiling water
Combine the herbs and steep them for 20 minutes in boiling water. Drink 2 cups daily. Alternatively, use the remedy below:
- 1 tsp black cohosh root
- 2 tsp Gingko Biloba
- 1 cup hot water
Steep the herbs in water and drink the tea 2-3 times a day.
You can try reversing wet macular degeneration with these alternative treatment options. If these fail to show results, you might have to consider surgical treatment.