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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Bilberry sup: no it would be fineGet a more detailed answer ›
Does bilberry fruit extract work to improve vision? I want to improve my vision without getting glasses or contacts.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it safe to take the vitamin bilberry to maintain eyesight? I am on prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg and I'm a 21 year old female. I have no other illnesses
Yes: It is generally safe to take bilberry, but keep in mind there is no evidence that bilberry will improve your eyesight. ...Read more