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Can Nutrition Treat & Reverse Vision Problems?

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Studies haven shown the risk of developing cataracts can be decreased by more than half by eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C.
Air Date: 1/28/15
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Robert Abel Jr, MD
Dr Abel HeadshotDr. Abel earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in 1969, completed his ophthalmology residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital and was a Cornea Fellow at the University of Florida.

A board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Abel is on the staff of the Christiana Care Health System. He is a former Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. He founded and has been Medical Director of the Medical Eye Bank of Delaware since 1981.

He teaches locally and internationally on numerous subjects, including cornea, cataract and nutrition. He instructs the Cornea Microsurgery Workshops at the Academy of Ophthalmology meetings annually and has been on the Academy's Committee of International Ophthalmology.

Dr. Abel has done active research on corneal transplants, corneal pathology, contact lenses and drugs as they relate to the eye. He holds two patents on artificial corneas and has received the AAO Honor Award and the Senior Honor Award.

Dr. Abel is the author of the popular new book, The Eye Care Revolution, which teaches patients how to treat and reverse common vision problems, and he has written eight other books. Other information concerning eye care can also be found on his website, EyeAdvisory.com.

He was also voted "TOP DOC" by Delaware Today Magazine. In his spare time, he practices Tai-Chi, and studies alternative medicine systems.
  • Book Title: The Eye Care Revolution: Prevent and Reverse Common Vision Problems
Can Nutrition Treat & Reverse Vision Problems?
Your eyes are a vital organ and play an important function in your life. The ability to see may rank number one as the most important of all your senses. Unfortunately, there are several common eye disorders that can affect your eyesight and overall health.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 22 million Americans have cataracts, 2.3 million Americans have glaucoma, and 3.2 million Americans have dry eye syndrome.

Is there a way you can help prevent your eyes from developing these damaging disorders?

A board certified ophthalmologist, Robert Abel Jr, MD, suggests that by balancing nutritional chemistry, it IS possible to control or eliminate many of the factors that contribute to the development of eye disorders. For instance, by consuming high levels of vitamin C, Omega-3, and B12, you can drastically lower your risk for developing glaucoma.

What are the top 10 foods to improve your sight, as well as lower your risk for developing common eye disorders?
  • Cold water fish (sardines, cod, tuna, mackerel)
  • Leafy veggies rich in carotenoids (spinach, kale)
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Onions, shallots
  • Soy (non-GMO)
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Why don't most ophthalmologists address the eye's nutritional needs?

Dr. Abel joins Dr. Holly to discuss common eye disorders, and what foods you can eat to help improve your eye health.