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I recently learned that the blood vessels in my optic nerve in my "good eye" (blind spot in my left), seemed to be diminished. Do you have any recommendations other than herbal remedies such as rutin, ALA and flax oil?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

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Who was it that said the blood vessels in your eye are diminished?

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what is wrong with your other eye?

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Dr. Rick : Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Dr. Rick : Who was it that said the blood vessels in your eye are diminished?
Dr. Rick : what is wrong with your other eye?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My opthamologist said this upon examination yesterday AM after yearly exam. He said it appeared pale, as opposed to a normal nerve, (other eye was fine in this regard. As I stated in the original question, I have a blind spot. To use it I have to look around the "spot" If I were to use both eyes I would have double vision. My brain chooses to shut it off.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Unfortunately, there is no good treatment for an optic nerve that is pale. The only thing that can be done is to try and find the underlying cause and treat that. However, any nerve tissue that has been lost can never be regained.

Good diet, including rutin, ALA and flax oil is an excellent idea. Also it is important to make sure your eye pressure is not to high for the health of your optic nerve (even "normal" eye pressure may be too high for some people) and rule out any other systemic or ocular causes for your pale nerve.

I wish I could tell you that this is something that we can easily treat or fix, but that is not the case.

Does this make sense to you?


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