A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Glaucoma
I had a question the other day about glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time.
It’s often associated with a buildup of pressure inside your eye.
The increased pressure can damage your optic nerve, which sends images to your brain.
If damage to your optic nerve from high pressure continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision.
Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years.
If you have health problems you may need to visit your eye doctor more often.
You have fluid that circulates in the front part of your eye.
Normally, this fluid flows out of your eye through a mesh-like channel.
If this channel becomes blocked, fluid builds up, causing glaucoma.
The exact cause of this blockage is unknown.
Glaucoma usually occurs in both eyes, but it may involve each eye to a different extent.
There are 2 main types of glaucoma:
1. Open-angle glaucoma.
Also called wide-angle glaucoma, this is the most common type of glaucoma.
The structures of your eye appear normal, but fluid in your eye doesn’t flow properly through the drain of your eye.
2. Angle-closure glaucoma.
Also called acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow-angle glaucoma, this type of glaucoma is less common but can cause a sudden buildup of pressure in your eye.
Drainage may be poor because the angle between your iris and your cornea is too narrow.
Glaucoma most often occurs in adults over age 40, but it can also occur in young adults, children, and even infants.
In African Americans, glaucoma occurs more frequently and at an earlier age and with greater loss of vision.
You’re at an increased risk of glaucoma if you:
>Are of African American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian descent.
>Are over age 40.
>Have a family history of glaucoma.
>Have poor vision.
>Take certain steroid medications.
For most people, there are usually few or no symptoms of glaucoma.
The first sign of glaucoma is often a loss of peripheral or side vision, which can go unnoticed until late in the disease.
Detecting glaucoma early is very important.
Occasionally, intraocular pressure can rise to severe levels.
In these cases, sudden eye pain, headache, blurred vision, or the appearance of halos around lights may occur.
To deal with glaucoma it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your intake of essential fats (flax oil, Omega-3 oils, etc.).
*Consider herbs such as Eyebright and Bilberry.
*Use Enfuselle products.
*Try warm compresses (can use moist, warm regular tea bag).
*Have a diet rich in bioflavonoids (berries, colorful veggies, etc.).
*Eliminate toxic cosmetics, eye care, and personal care products.
*Eliminate toxic household and laundry cleaners.
*Eliminate poor air quality, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate chlorinated shower/bath water, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate “hidden” allergies or sensitivities, which may aggravate your eyes.
*Avoid free radical damage; check heavy metal toxicity.
*Eliminate hydrogenated or trans fats, sugar and white flour.
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