Managing Macular Degeneration with HBOT
Macular degeneration is a medical condition that typically affects adults over the age of 50. It results in a loss of centrifugal vision due to retina damage. This condition can take one of two forms: “wet” or “dry” and eventually lead to major visual impairment or blindness. In some cases, macular degeneration patients are left with just enough peripheral vision to maintain the completion of daily activities. At the onset of macular degeneration, yellow deposits called drusen begin to collect in the macula, and at this point, most patients still have good vision. However, most of these same patients go on to form an advanced case of the condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD).
Macular Degeneration Management
Approximately 90% of cases are of the “dry” variety, and 10% are of the “wet” variety. There are no effective pharmaceutical drugs to treat this condition. Natural therapies include amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Specific Antioxidants are Helpful:
- High doses of vitamin C
- Zinc and selenium
- Fruits high in flavonoids
HBOT at 1-3 atmospheres with high levels of oxygen and multiple managements is indicated in aiding the arrest or improvement of macular degeneration.
- George Allibone M.D.