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    Why is my vision better on very low carb diet?

    I tried keto for 3 days. I din't really like the food options, the taste in my mouth and my energy so I went back to normal.

    One thing I did like though: my vision for far away was much clearer.

    Any ideas what may be the cause?

    How could carb or sugar meals be influencing my vision?

    edit: found this:
    A good 30% of the success in vision rehabilitation comes from reducing the body's exposure to sugars / simple carbohydrates. The impact of eliminating sugar from the diet on vision is nothing short of astonishing, especially when paired with a good rehabilitative program.

    I personally have overseen easily over 300 cases where adults with 20/70 vision have managed to get to 20/20 and even 20/10 without surgery.

    - Alex Frauenfeld
    Frauenfeld Vision Clinic | Preventative and Restorative Vision Care
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    High bloodsugar (or pikes) can be destructive everywhere in the body, including your eyes. Possibly it is because lowering carb/sugar intake causes more stable bloodsugar levels (i.e. more controlled), thus less destructive.
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    Originally Posted by MichielN View Post
    High bloodsugar (or pikes) can be destructive everywhere in the body, including your eyes. Possibly it is because lowering carb/sugar intake causes more stable bloodsugar levels (i.e. more controlled), thus less destructive.
    Destructive? Really that bad?

    Do you have some recommended reading about that?
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    He didn't go the keto route, but my father reported the same improvement with vision to me when he began eating fewer carbs.

    Don't know why that helped dads eyes, but have read of lower carb diets often helping with preventing and reversing diabetes, and with diabetes or pre diabetes being associated with worsening vision, so maybe there is a connection there. Just a guess.

    Recall recently watching this interview of Dr. Jay Wortman about diet reversing his diabetic condition.

    http://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-cure-type-2-diabetes-2
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    Destructive? Really that bad?

    Do you have some recommended reading about that?
    Yes, it's no wonder the body tries to regulate bloodsugar levels so tightly.

    I think if you google a combination of ''hyperglycemia'' or ''high blood sugar'' and ''vision'' or ''eyes'', you will come a long way.

    Diabetes (and/or high/uncontrolled blood sugar) has a lot of nasty side effects.
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    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    It seems that after three days keto I've become much more sensitive to notice the difference in vision I experience now after consuming carbs. Interesting.

    I was reading more about the topic:
    Carbs: Carbs do not cause myopia. Extended close focal plane focus does (really, it is the muscle strain it creates, and the elongation of the eyeball that follows). The insulin spikes caused by carbs can further aggravate symptoms, aside from causing increased shifts in vision beyond normal changes throughout the day. As such, insulin spikes make it difficult to work on a successful rehab program.
    source: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread51128.html

    Can anyone translate what "Extended close focal plane focus" means in simple terms?
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    do you get yearly physicals? seems like something you'd want to talk to an eye doctor and/or GP about?

    i mean i'd normally not say so but if your eyes are that sensitive maybe you need glasses or something
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post

    Can anyone translate what "Extended close focal plane focus" means in simple terms?
    Squinting to look at something close up?

    But as others have said, insulin resistance (usually a symptom of diabetes) has been shown to produce many nasty side effects. And as others have pointed out, eye sight loss can come with the resistance.

    I personally have done keto, but I have not noticed any big changes. The only real change more carbs brings for me is more bloating and water weight (but those are more standard reactions).
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    I did find some more interesting info: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2007/071029.htm
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread51128.html

    Did anyone else notice an influence of carbs on their vision?

    Originally Posted by Domicron View Post
    do you get yearly physicals?
    Was checked two years ago. I have normal blood sugar functioning.

    To clarify: I can see quite well for my age. Never needed glasses. Just when I do Keto I notice an improvement on far distance.
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