Night Blindness

Night blindness (nyctalopia) is the inability to see well at night or in poor light.

Symptoms: You do not see as clearly in the dark as do others. When you go out into the dark, your eyes seem to adapt very slowly to it.

Causes: There are two types of light-sensitive cells in the retina: rods and cones. Up to 120 million rods are distributed throughout the retina. Although rods are sensitive to all visible light, they contain only one type of pigment and cnanot distinguish colors. They are responsible mainly for night vision.

If you have this problem, you are not going blind. The primary problem is a lack of vitamin A, which the gody uses to make visual purple and to help you usee in the dark.

The lack of vitamin A in the system can be caused by an inferior diet. But it may also be traced to one of the following: The body has a fat malabsorption syndrome and does not properly absorb oil-soluble vitamins. A zinc deficiency will cause the liver to poorly convert carotene to vitamin A. Cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and various food allergies can produce intestinal changes which would affect fat-soluble vitamin absorption.

Natural remedies for night blindness:

  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamin A. The therapeutic dose would be 25,000 IU daily for only a few days. Too much vitamin A can be dangerous.
  • The safer form of vitamin A is carotenoids, such as beta or marine carotene (up to 100,000 IU daily). Drink 3 cups of carrot juice every day. Eat green and yellow vegetables.
  • Take 15-20 mg of zinc daily.
  • Some people wear a stronger prescription of glasses when they must drive at night. Keep the headlights and windshield clean. Do not wear sunglasses at dusk. Drive slower at night. Better yet, only drive during the day.
  • Take bilberry extract capsules or liquid, PCOs from grapeseed or white pine (100 mg, 3 times daily), and coQ10 (60 mg, 3 times daily).