Optometrists are receiving more
calls and questions about
Marijuana and the treatment of
Medical Marijuana Fails full disclosure and eye doctors must work to provide clear education about what is known at this point.
Reports circulating the last few years indicate that there may be no increases risk of lung cancer associated with smoking marijuana. What they fail to mention is a rapid increase in chronic lung disease. Other studies have been quoted showing a decrease in VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) and supposed value in treating macular degeneration. VEGF stimulates new blood vessel growth. Decreasing VEGF would theoretically lower the conversion rate of dry macular degeneration to the more sight threatening wet form.
Unfortunately, the chronic lung disease and damage combined with the blood pressure lowering effect of marijuana will probably prove the reverse and show it accelerates the risk for macular degeneration. Decreased oxygen to the retinal tissues is a primer driver in the transformation of dry macular degeneration to wet macular degeneration.
Isolating the VEGF may someday prove useful in the treatment of macular degeneration by your optometrist, but for today it is still best to stay with the documented nutritional interventions and current VEGF treatments available, Avastin and Lucentis.
Don’t be timid in asking your optometrist for advice about medical marijuana and eye problems. The facts can potentially save your vision and prevent a lifetime of blindn