You may have heard about recent research suggesting that certain nutrients can help delay or prevent eye problems and disease. You may also have heard a lot of claims for over-the-counter (OTC) visionsupplements containing these nutrients -- and claims for others that have not been tested in clinical studies.
So what should you believe? What can you do to protect your eye health and eyesight using vision supplements? Here is information to help you decide.
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Amblyopia: Also known as "lazy eye," amblyopia is a condition that starts in childhood in which vision has not developed properly in one eye or the other. If amblyopia is left untreated, a child's vision will not develop correctly, and as the brain matures, one eye will remain with poor vision.
Aqueous humor: The clear, watery fluid between the lens and the cornea.
Astigmatism: A condition in which blurred vision is caused by the cornea being shaped more like a football than spherical like a basketball. Astigmatism may be compensated for through eyeglasses or contacts, or it can be corrected through refractive surgery.
Beta-blocker: A medication used in the treatment of glaucoma, beta-blocker eye drops help reduce the pressure within the eye by reducing the production of aqueous humor.
Carbonic anhydrase inhibitor: A type of medication used to treat glaucoma. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors work by reducing the production of aqueous humor, thereby reducing pressure inside the eye.
Choroid: The layer of blood vessels between the retina and the sclera.
Choroiditis: A form of uveitis that causes an inflammation of the layer beneath the retina. It may also be caused by an infection such as tuberculosis.
Conjunctiva: A thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eyelids as well as the outer surfaces of the sclera.
Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the conjunctiva, also called "pinkeye."
Cornea: The clear outer layer of the eye. It covers the iris.
Cryotherapy: A surgical procedure in which abnormal cells are destroyed by freezing them.
Cyclitis: A form of uveitis that causes inflammation of the middle portion of the eye and may affect the muscle that focuses the lens. Cyclitis may develop suddenly and last several months.
Dilation: Expansion of the iris with medicated eye drops.