Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Vitamin Supplements Improve My Eyesight?

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 10:25 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: After having vision problems, I was diagnosed with Cone Dystrophy. Is there anything that can be done to heal this condition? Can vitamin A help? Thank you!
 
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Cone dystrophies are generally genetically inherited conditions caused by pigment deposition on the retinas. This results in varying degrees of progressive vision loss. People with the condition may first suffer blurred vision, followed by a sensitivity to light, and then night blindness.

Sometimes it can cause other problems, as well. Unfortunately, no therapy will restore vision or stop the progression of the disorder. Treatment generally involves managing complications and trying to slow down the progression to vision loss.

Any supplementation should be done only under the guidance of your ophthalmologist, since vitamin A, while necessary for night vision, can be harmful and toxic to the retina when taken in excess.

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