Glaucoma

GlaucomaWhat is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is considered as a serious eye disease that is characterized by increased pressure within the eyeball. This pressure is called as the intraocular pressure. When this pressure is increased above the normal rate, then that is where the trouble begins.

 

The condition could then be likened to high blood pressure in the body, which is why glaucoma is also called as hypertension of the eye. Of course, a certain amount of this intraocular pressure is actually needed by the eye, just like the way the body needs blood pressure. But too much of it could do damage to the eye and could eventually result to loss of vision.

 

Statistics shows that for every eight blind persons, one of them would be caused by glaucoma. It has also been shown that nearsighted persons are at risk for developing glaucoma.

 

What Causes Glaucoma?

  • Adrenal exhaustion. This refers to the adrenal glands’ inability to produce aldosterone, which is an important hormone that regulates the reabsorption of sodium ions and that of water. When aldosterone is not produced or its production is inadequate, it could result to excessive loss of salt from the body. This then leads to the accumulation of fluids in the tissues. In the eyes, the excess fluid then causes the hardening of the eye ball and it then loses its softness and resilience.
  • Severe eye strain
  • Working for long hours under bad lighting conditions
  • Prolonged stress
  • Highly toxic body condition. Accumulation of toxins in the body could lead to glaucoma.
  • Medical conditions like sinus conditions, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and arteriosclerosis

 

Some Risk Factors for Glaucoma

  • Age. Persons above 60 are more prone to develop glaucoma than younger ones.
  • Family history. Persons who have a family history of glaucoma run the risk of developing one when they grow older. This has something to do with the genes of an individual.
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids eye drops. Using this for a long time is most likely to lead to glaucoma.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma

  • Seeing halos. People who suffer from glaucoma initially see halos forming on distant objects. This is most especially true at night.
  • Pain in the brow, cheeks, and also near the temple area.
  • Headaches. When there is an onset of glaucoma, headache then becomes common.
  • Impairment of vision. Once a person starts to develop glaucoma, his vision is no longer accurate. Although impairment of vision is only gradual and not sudden, the proper treatment must be applied at the earliest stages.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Glaucoma

  • Surgery. By far, this has been the most widely accepted treatment for glaucoma. Through surgery, the internal pressure in the eye, brought about by excess fluid, is relieved. However, surgery does not completely remove the cause of the excess fluid in the eye. So after an operation, there is no guarantee that glaucoma will no longer recur, or that it would not affect the good eye.
  • The natural means. Treating glaucoma in the most natural way would include in preserving whatever sight remains and also addressing the underlying causes of the buildup of fluids in the eye. This would involve avoiding foods that could worsen toxicity levels in the body, and eating foods that could help in eliminating toxins.

Foods to Avoid

  • Coffee. While this may be one of the most consumed beverage in the world, most especially by older men and women, it is best for those with glaucoma to strictly avoid it. Coffee has a high caffeine content, and caffeine is known to stimulate vasoconstrictors. This stimulation could lead to elevated blood pressure levels, which in turn increases the blood flow to the eyes. This then leads to increased eye pressure.
  • Beer and tobacco. These are also known to cause the blood vessels to constrict and must be avoided.
  • Tea should be taken moderately. This means that at times, you could take tea, but not too much.
  • Do not take fluids excessively in any form, whether it would be milk, juice, or water. Patients may drink fluids but only a little amount at a time with a 1 hour interval after every drink.

Friendly Foods

  • Persons who are suffering from glaucoma must eat food coming from the three basic food groups. One should have seeds, grains, as well as nuts.
  • Vegetables and fruits. These are probably the healthiest foods that one could have. Take fruits and vegetables that have high content of Vitamin C. You could have oranges or grapes for breakfast. Add a lot of seeds and nuts, and you would have the perfect breakfast. Raw vegetable salad, with some olive oil and a glass of buttermilk will be a good lunch. Steamed vegetables and some butter and cottage cheese will be just right for dinner.

Some More Helpful Remedies

  • Those with glaucoma were found to be deficient in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, calcium, protein, and other minerals. So eating foods that have high levels of these nutrients or taking in supplements that contain these nutrients would be beneficial to patients.
  • B-complex and calcium. These could help in relieving the intraocular condition of the eyes.
  • Vitamin C therapy. Numerous physicians believe that through Vitamin C therapy, the intraocular pressure in the eyes can be lowered.
  • Doing eye strengthening activities, as well as relaxation activities.
  • Avoid emotional stress, and live a tranquil and relaxed life. Find rest if you need to and avoid too strenuous activities.
  • Steer clear of prolonged straining of the eyes. The eyes usually get strained after a long time spent in front of the TV.
  • The same goes after spending too much time reading, watching a movie, or playing video games.
  • Wearing sunglasses should be avoided too.
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