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Healing Lyme
Can lyme cause macular degeneration?
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist


Dear Stephen,
I went to the optometrist yesterday, and the biggest optical change is a need for bifocals. He then suggested a risk factor test for macular degeneration which checks pigmentation on the retina. I agreed, and was shocked when I scored a 14/100. (Over 35 is good, 30 is low normal.) Other risk factors are: age (closer to 70), diabetes, smoking, family history. I have none of those factors. Can lyme cause this? Should I take his vitamins or add stephania? Thank you.

Stephen’s response:
Macular degeneration just happens sometimes. It is not necessarily lyme related.

Here is a protocol that can help:

Bilberry, standardized, 40-80 mg 3x daily
Ginkgo, standardized, 40 – 80 mg 3x daily
Vinpocetine, 5-10 mg 3x daily
Pine bark extract 150-300 mg daily
Vitamin c (effervescent salts) tbl daily
Vitamin E 800 IU daily
Beta-carotene – 50,000 IU daily
Zinc 25 mg daily
Stephania, 1 tsp daily in the am

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  • Luke

    August 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Sometimes Plaquenil can cause eye issues in a very small number of people. I think macular degeneration can be one of those issues.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever been on Plaquenil for your Lyme but something to be aware of and at least get your eyes checked more often.

  • kate

    October 23, 2012 at 7:07 am

    dear steve,
    i have had lyme for three and a half years now and have a question. I just found out i have retinal distortion and a sensitvity to lights which are causeing severe migrains on a daily basis. Was this caused by the lyme? I have to wear sunglasses all the time , even on rainy days and sometimes indoors. What can i do about this? My lyme md has no answers for me.
    Thank you for your time,

  • earthwalker

    October 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hi Kate,
    The Buhner Q&A is currently closed to new questions. You might try contacting Stephen directly through his website. Best, Julie

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