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Old 02-03-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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LC and eye health?

I am wondering if there have been any studies that show if the LC way of life might improve eye health and/or eye conditions etc? Has anyone's personal eye site or eye health improved with this WOE?
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:34 AM   #2
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I have no idea about studies, but anecdotally my personal eye health has not improved. It's gotten worse, but I'm sure that has to do with age, not low carb.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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At age 35 I thought I needed glasses...couldn't see across the living room. After low carbing the last ten years or so, I still don't wear glasses or contacts, and I can see clearly at all reasonable distances. Anectdotal, but I think there's something to it.

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Old 02-03-2012, 07:49 AM   #4
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I don't know of any studies. I tried looking at PubMed a few months back. Don't know if my search words or parameters were ineffective, or if there wasn't anything to find.

My eyesight feels calmer. I don't notice that I see any more clearly, or less clearly, but the bright headlights at night don't hurt my eyes anymore, and the "halo" around headlights has diminished. I've heard that from other VLCers, as well. I do notice that caffeine disturbs that calmness.

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Old 02-03-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Well if diabetic, low carb is defiantly going to help. Aside from that, I have not heard anything one way or the other.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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I'm curious why you would imagine that low carb would improve eye health (other than in helping diabetics control their blood sugars and thus avoiding retinal damage)?
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:21 PM   #7
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I looked up lutein in Wikipedia. The article says there's evidence that it prevents macular degeneration, cataracts, and light sensitivity. Leafy greens are the most concentrated source, though eggs are probably the most commonly-eaten. I eat more of both of these (esp. the greens) on LC, so I hope they are benefitting my eyes. I haven't noticed an improvement, but my prescription is so outdated, maybe there's been a change and I haven't noticed.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:00 PM   #8
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I'm curious why you would imagine that low carb would improve eye health (other than in helping diabetics control their blood sugars and thus avoiding retinal damage)?
I was wondering the same thing.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:40 AM   #9
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Barry Groves mentions things like LC improving dry eyes for some people, perhaps because of the higher fat content in the diet?
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:02 AM   #10
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I do have dry eyes and low carb I think has made a difference in that area.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:51 AM   #11
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Yes, I have noticed a difference. My dry eye started after laser eye surgery about 10 years ago.

Low-carb and low-fat = dry eye = poor, painful vision (and great weight-loss)

Low-carb and high-fat = no dry eye = very sharp vision (and little/no weight-loss)

High-carb and low-fat = no dry eye = very sharp vision (and little/no weight-loss)

Unfortunately, I just can't seem to lose weight on high-fat and/or high-carb. Choosing between my vision and my health is very frustrating.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #12
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Barry Groves mentions things like LC improving dry eyes for some people, perhaps because of the higher fat content in the diet?
I've personally not noticed a difference with my eyes based on fat content but it does make sense that it would make a difference if you're getting plenty of quality fats. Getting good fats leads to improvements in all sorts of ways.

When you have dry eyes it makes you think your yes are worse than they are. I had horrible dry eyes & thought I needed a stronger prescription. According to my eye doctor I did not. I was using drops all the time.

Once I started taking a high quality eye supplement my dry eyes improved & I could see things clearly that had been a complete blur before. My prescription was the same at both times.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #13
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Not only diagnosed diabetics but many who have never had a high fasting BG but eat a diet high in sugar/starch....which is pretty much the population.
Also high BP is related to visual problems and LC often corrects it and vision is improved.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #14
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Jem, thanks for the information on high BP. And: It's great to "see" you.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:15 AM   #15
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I had an eye exam last week and he said my vision had improved! I was just wearing glasses to read and still do but a lighter presp now. And he dx'd me with dry eyes too! He said something about the fat around some part of my eye had gone down and that was what was causing the dry eye. Wish the Fat outta my waist line would go away instead! Lol. He gave me some samples of systane to use in my eyes. My Mom and Gran have it too
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