Therapeutics for Eye Conditions

1. Vitamin C—At least 500-1,000 mg per day often recommended; however, much greater dosages are not uncommon.

2. Vitamin E—400-800 international units (IU) per day for adults.

3. Vitamin A—10,000 IU, in divided doses, per day; for males and postmenopausal women, up to 25,000 IU (7,500 mcg) of vitamin A per day considered safe; for women who could become pregnant, the safest intake level is being reevaluated; less than 10,000 IU (3,000 mcg) per day is widely accepted as safe.

4. Beta-carotene—Most common beta-carotene supplement intake is probably 25,000 IU (15 mg) per day, although some people take as much as 100,000 IU (60 mg) per day.

5. Lutein—6 mg (with food to decrease gastric upset) per day for adults.

7. Coenzyme Q10—20-150 mg per day, in divided doses.

8. Selenium—100-200 mcg per day for adults.

10. Alpha-lipoic acid—150 mg per day for glaucoma; 20-50 mg per day recommended for general antioxidant protection.

11. Magnesium—250-350 mg per day for adults.

12. Bioflavonoids—1,000 mg of citrus bioflavonoids or 400 mg of quercetin, each 3 times per day.

13. Gingko—120-160 mg of Gingko biloba extract, standardized to contain 6% terpene lactones and 24% flavone glycosides, 2-3 times per day.

14. Bilberry—in capsules or tablets standardized to provide 25 percent anthocyano-sides, 240-480 mg per day.

15. Coleus—2% forskoliin solutions applied topically.

16. Melatonin—200 mcg; however, doses from 1-3 mg, 2-3 hours before bedtime have shown efficacy.

Table 13-2. Quick Reference to Therapeutics for Cataracts or Glaucoma

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