InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
We often talk about high blood pressure or hypertension, but it’s rare that we address ocular hypertension, also known as eye pressure. I want to talk about eye pressure today in terms of different nutrients that can be supportive for maintaining healthy eye pressure.†
What is eye pressure?
A lot of people experience noticeable pressure in their eyes and this is a problem. This can lead to issues such as glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of blindness throughout the world.†
When we look at ocular hypertension, we see that an estimated 10% of Americans over 40 years old have an increase in intraocular pressure. This is an alarming amount of people because we can then look at the long-term effects of this. Oftentimes, people who have high blood pressure will also have the risk of having ocular hypertension.†
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When we look at the anatomy of the eye itself, we recognize that it is spherical in structure. We have the optic nerve that feeds into the back of the eye. We have the retina, the ganglion cells and all of these things that are required for transmitting electrical signals. Then, we have the pressure that can start to impede upon this. If the nerves that are feeding into the muscles of the eyes, this can start to be affected. If we have this rise in intraocular pressure, then this is certainly a big problem. If this is left alone, it can lead to discomfort or complete visual loss.†
Nutrients that can help
When facing ocular hypertension, we can look at basic nutrients that are going to support the eye itself. We can look at the different carotenoids, Vitamin C and NAC, for example.†
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There are also different antioxidants that can help to support pressure within the eye. We can look at coenzyme Q10, for example. We can also look at pycnogenol, which you can find in our Tocotrienol + Pine Bark Extract formulation.†
There’s a study that came out of the Translational Vision Science and Technology Journal that was looking at oral supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and how this could be beneficial for lowering eye pressure. This is in people who are considered to be normotensive, which means they have normal blood pressure but still have higher intraocular pressure. In this particular study, they gave people who had elevated eye pressure omega-3 supplementation for three months. After the three months, they found a significant reduction in intraocular pressure.†
Antioxidants are incredibly beneficial for this as well, so using something like our Macula HxⓇ Advanced formulation can be a good option. It provides a broad spectrum of carotenoids, NAC and bilberry extract, as well as powerful polyphenols that not only help to support proper eye pressure, but actually help to support the eye’s ability to see in low light environments.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses the impacts that ocular hypertension can have on overall eye health. She cites clinical research as she provides recommendations for nutrients that can help with this issue.†
- Details on glaucoma
- What does eye pressure feel like?
- What does it mean to be normotensive?
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