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Is bilberry effective for cataracts?

Is bilberry effective for cataracts?

No: In fact there was a large scientific study of multiple dietary supplements and vitamins that found that there was no decrease in the development or progression of cataracts with their use. Cataracts are the "gray hair of the eyes" - we all get them naturally and if we live long enough we need to treat them. You can try supplements as long as they don't interfere with your health or other medicines. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

No surgery: Cataract surgery is considered an elective procedure. Except for a few situiations, you, as the patient, decide when you want to have the surgery. If you are happy with your vision, you can wait on the surgery as long a you want. ...Read more

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How effective is the new light adjustable lens for cataract surgery?

How effective is the new light adjustable lens for cataract surgery?

Promising: Exciting new technology......Shows promise but long term results are not yet known. ...Read more

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How effective is the new laser cataract surgery?

Good for parts: Laser assisted cataract surgery is just that. The new femtosecond laser helps make the incision part of cataract surgery more precise and predictable than traditional methods. The laser does not do the entire operation--only parts of it. There is a considerable extra expense to using the laser that is paid for by the patient. ...Read more

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How effective is a patient's vision after cataract surgery?

Excellent.: Assuming there is no other eye disease and the surgery goes well without complications, your vision should be close to 20/20. ...Read more

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Is having a cataract surgery effective for high myopia and astigmatism?

It may be: Although the main reason for cataract surgery is to remove the cloudy lens, modern techniques - including toric implants, multifocal implants, and laser cataract surgery - can drastically reduce or even eliminate both astigmatism and myopia. ...Read more

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What is the fastest, most effective way to treat extreme dry eyes i visited my opthamologist's office to be measured for removal of a cataract. He advised that i had dry eyes and that he could not get a good measurement of my cornea therfore he proceeded

What is the fastest, most effective way to treat extreme dry eyes i visited my opthamologist's office to be measured for removal of a cataract.  He advised that i had dry eyes and that he could not get a good measurement of my cornea therfore he proceeded

Multifactorial answe: Dry eye has many causes ranging from environmental, pharmacological, hormonal, due to lid pathology, decrease liquid production, abnormal lipid (oily) portion of tear (evaporative) dry eye. Finding the cause of the dry eye helps determine the treatment needed. It is very important to treat the dry eye prior to cataract surgery. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is bilberry good for the prostate?

Is bilberry good for the prostate?

In general, No: Many herbs, vitamins, and supplements have been 'touted' and reported to be of benefit for the prostate: saw palmetto (most common), pygeum, bilberry, beta-sitosterol, pumpkin seed, stinging nettle, soy, zinc, selenium, vitamin e, etc. However, there is no proof or high quality scientific evidence to support the use of any of these. A 'heart-healthy' diet, exercise, adequate vit d most beneficial. ...Read more

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Is bilberry safe to take pregnant?

Is bilberry safe to take pregnant?

Safe side: Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bilberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. ...Read more

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Does bilberry fruit extract work to improve vision? I want to improve my vision without getting glasses or contacts.

Does bilberry fruit extract work to improve vision? I want to improve my vision without getting glasses or contacts.

Unfortunately: there are no supplements etc which actually IMPROVE VISION..the REASON for some types of poor vision for example elevated blood sugar can be corrected with improvement of the vision itself! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Will bilberries help my night vision?

Will bilberries help my night vision?

Maybe: There were some studies many years back that demonstrated improved night vision if taking bilberry. 1 randomized study and 7 non- randomized studies demonstrated positive effect from bilberry. The 4 most recent randomized controlled studies demonstrate no affect of bilberry on night vision. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14711439 and http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/5/2/164.Pdf. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence suggesting that consuming bilberry extract causes dilation of pupils, thus leading to increased night glares/starbursts?

Is there any evidence suggesting that consuming bilberry extract causes dilation of pupils, thus leading to increased night glares/starbursts?

No: No, there is absolutely no evidence that bilberry extract dilates pupils; if it did I have no doubt that this would be known. Agents that dilate pupils work via the autonomic nervous system and bilberry has no know effects on this (it can cause vasodilation but that is mediated by its effects on nitric oxide, which does not effect pupil dilation). ...Read more

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Im taking bilberry pills. Will it decrease the effectiveness of my birth control? Im taking birth control mononessa.

Im taking bilberry pills. Will it decrease the effectiveness of my birth control? Im taking birth control mononessa.

No it will not: There is some concern that bilberry may interact with diabetes medications (lower blood sugar) or blood thinner medications (slow blood clotting). However, there is no evidence that it interacts with oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or other hormonal contraceptives. ...Read more

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How long should it take for my astragalus, echinechea, eyebright, propilis, and bilberry supplements to work?

How long should it take for my astragalus, echinechea, eyebright, propilis, and bilberry supplements to work?

Supplements: Since these are herbal medication, they are not as highly regulated and studied. Onset of action will vary significantly and will depend on the reason you are taking this particular mix of herbals. ...Read more