A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy
I had a question the other day about Leber hereditary optic neuropathy.
Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is an inherited form of vision loss.
Although this condition usually begins in your teens or twenties, rare cases may appear in early childhood or later in adulthood.
For unknown reasons, males are affected much more often than females.
Blurring and clouding of your vision are usually the first symptoms of LHON.
These vision problems may begin in one eye or simultaneously in both eyes.
If vision loss starts in one eye, the other eye is usually affected within several weeks or months.
Over time, vision in both eyes worsens with a severe loss of sharpness (visual acuity) and color vision.
This condition mainly affects central vision, which is needed for detailed tasks like reading, driving, and recognizing faces.
Vision loss results from the death of cells in the nerve that relays visual information from your eyes to your brain (the optic nerve).
Although central vision gradually improves in a small percentage of cases, in most cases the vision loss is profound and permanent.
Vision loss is typically the only symptom of LHON; however, some families with additional signs and symptoms have been reported.
In these individuals, the condition is described as “LHON plus.”
In addition to vision loss, the features of LHON plus can include movement disorders, tremors, and abnormalities of the electrical signals controlling the heartbeat.
Some affected people develop features similar to multiple sclerosis, which is a chronic disorder characterized by muscle weakness, poor coordination, numbness, and a variety of other health problems.
The prevalence of LHON in most populations is unknown.
It affects 1 in 30,000 to 50,000 people in northeast England and Finland.
There is no cure for LHON, but there are things you can do to try to improve your vision.
To deal with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your intake of essential fats (flax oil, Omega-3 oils, etc.).
*Consider herbs such as Eyebright and Bilberry.
*Use Enfuselle products.
*Try warm compresses (can use moist, warm regular tea bag).
*Have a diet rich in bioflavonoids (berries, colorful veggies, etc.).
*Eliminate toxic cosmetics, eye care, and personal care products.
*Eliminate toxic household and laundry cleaners.
*Eliminate poor air quality, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate chlorinated shower/bath water, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate “hidden” allergies or sensitivities, which may aggravate your eyes.
*Avoid free radical damage; check heavy metal toxicity.
*Eliminate hydrogenated or trans fats, sugar and white flour.
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