Regular eye exams and proper treatment by your ophthalmologist are critical to maintaining your eye health and vision. Prevention is always preferable to treating an eye problem after it arises. While many doctors, including eye doctors, are skeptical of natural remedies or simply do not bother to learn about them, Dr. James Kelly, of New York’s Kelly Laser Center, prefers to arm his patients with all the knowledge and tools that can improve vision, and that includes bilberry fruit.
Used for Centuries, Showing Promise Today
Bilberry has been used medicinally for centuries. However, in the last several decades, doctors have shied away from traditional remedies in favor of newly discovered drugs. Now the medical community is starting to take a fresh look at time-proven plant-based medicines, especially in light of the side effects that newer synthetic drugs can have. They are discovering that these simple, harmless, and sometimes tasty traditional treatments, such as bilberry, really are effective.
Why Bilberry is so Special
Bilberry is closely related to some other dark berries, including blueberry and cranberry, but is far superior in its antioxidant properties. Bilberry contains antioxidants called anthocyanosides which have amazing healing effects in the body and the eyes. Bilberry is also rich in vitamin A and vitamin C.
Anthocyanosides strengthen the blood vessels, improve circulation, and also helps the eyes adjust to changes in light. Bilberry supports healthy collagen in the eye which can prevent cataracts and glaucoma.
People who spend a lot of time on the computer will be happy to learn that bilberry also helps prevent eye strain and eye fatigue.
Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration
Bilberry can protect your eyes from the ravages of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Many eye doctors and Ophthalmologists believe it can help prevent the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD) by improving circulation to the eyes so they get proper nourishment. It helps prevent wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy by keeping the tiny blood vessels in the eye strong and healthy.
Bilberry leaves are sometimes used to help diabetics keep their blood sugar under control due to the fruits’ chromium content. Keeping blood sugar stable also protects the blood vessels from the damage that causes diabetic retinopathy and other problems throughout the body.
If you would like to learn more about bilberry and other forms of nutritional support for healthy eyes, please contact out eye doctor at Kelly Laser Center, serving New York in Long Island, Manhattan, and New York City, today.