Glaucoma is the general term used for a variety of eye conditions that harm the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for the transfer of information from the eye to the brain. There are four primary types of glaucoma: Angle Closure (acute), Open Angle (chronic), Congenital, and Secondary.
Glaucoma is a fairly silent condition which can result in visual impairment or blindness if not diagnosed early and managed in a timely fashion, hence the need for frequent eye examinations in the susceptible population. Certain pharmaceuticals are used effectively in this condition; however, most of these drugs have attendant side effects. In addition to pharmaceutical management, there are some safe and effective adjunctive therapies that are helpful in the management of all types of glaucoma.Back to Top
- Gradual loss of peripheral vision
- Tunnel vision
- Severe eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Halos around lights
- Reddening of the eye
- No symptoms
*This is not a complete list, and if you are experiencing these symptoms it is not guaranteed you have glaucoma.Back to Top
Like in many other conditions that occur, fundamental steps should be taken to eliminate toxins from the body. These include exogenous toxins such as pesticides, preservatives, heavy metal exposure and toxic dietary factors which result in excessive sugar and refined carbohydrate intake, excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption, and exposure to industrial and household chemicals. Within the body it is very important to have an optimally functioning liver and digestive tract. Of additional equal importance is eating a healthy diet, correcting nutritional deficiencies and including foods, vitamins, and minerals that support the eye. Maintaining proper thyroid function is important in the context of this condition as well as eliminating medications that have the side-effect ‘aggravation of glaucoma’.
Conditions that aggravate glaucoma, such as high blood pressure, need appropriate correcting. The doctor will suggest supportive therapy which includes an array of antioxidants, including specific ocular antioxidants as well as minerals and vitamins which have specific eye-supportive effects. The elimination of the deleterious influences listed above and the supportive nutritional regimen often significantly lessen the severity of the disorder, and are complimentary to the use of specific pharmaceuticals used to manage open-angle and closed-angle glaucoma.Back to Top