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The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 10, No.3 & 4, 1995


Eye Pressure Lowering Effect of Vitamin C

Herschell H. Boyd, M.D.

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To document the pressure before the use of vitamin C and after the daily intake of maximum amounts of vitamin C, three times a day.


Thirty patients (16 men and 14 women) were advised to take three divided doses of vitamin C in capsule form each day until loose stools occured and then back down slightly from this amount (bowel dosage) for a daily intake. Average daily intake for all patients was 10 grams per day.


The greatest lowering of pressure was 13 mm as measured with a Goldmann tonom-eter. The least lowering of pressure was 1 mm. The average for 30 patients was 10 mm. Thirty patients were controlled only with vitamin C. Twenty patients were forced to use eye drops to lower the pressure below 20 mm of mercury as they refused to take vita-min C.

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