You don't have to believe that preventing glaucoma is possible, but this article will prove it to you, and go even further... You'll find out that glaucoma can indeed be prevented, and even be reversed.
Most people don't realize they have it until it is quite advanced. The vision is severely damaged before the patient knows it. Regular eye care by an eye doctor can find glaucoma in its early stages, so you can then start preventing it naturally. They have a simple test to determine the pressure in your eye.
Anyone over the age of 60 should have a glaucoma eye test regularly. And if you have one or more risk factors, you should have one every year regardless of your age.
Risk factors include age (over 40), family history, diabetes, myopia (nearsightedness), or eye injury or surgery.
Statistically, it is rare in people under 40, except for congenital glaucoma which develops before birth and may be inherited. If anyone in your immediate family has or had glaucoma, your risk is increased. Not because of your genes, but because you inherited the lifestyle.
Diabetes puts people at a very high risk of developing glaucoma. So preventing diabetes is also preventing glaucoma. A little hint that the problems and root causes seem to be similar.
If you have had an eye injury or eye surgery, you may develop glaucoma secondary to the injury or surgery. So start preventing glaucoma now. It'll help to heal your injury or surgery faster as well.
While there are ways to cure glaucoma, there are better ways to prevent it. Controlling your weight and blood pressure are just two ways for preventing glaucoma.
Hypertension and obesity increase eye pressure, so watch your diet. Regular exercise can go a long way in preventing glaucoma, along with a diet low in processed foods. They raise blood pressure and with it eye pressure, so stay away from junk.
Vitamin C has been shown to lower eye pressure significantly. Two grams of Vitamin C proved effective, but larger doses are fine, too.
Magnesium dilates blood vessels. One study was conducted to see if it might help people with glaucoma by increasing blood flow to the eyes. Significant improvement in vision was noted.
Good, healthy fats! Not deep fried food. Taking 150 mg per day of alpha lipoic acid for one month, improved and helped preventing glaucoma.
People who consume omega-3 fatty acids daily, have a much lower incidence of glaucoma. Melatonin has also been linked to preventing glaucoma. Supplementing with 0.5 mg daily supposedly lowered intraocular pressure.
There are also certain herbs that may be helpful. Ginkgo biloba, 40 mg three times daily for a month, reversed visual field damage. Two Chinese herbs proved effective to improve glaucoma. Dan shen and forskolin can be hard to find in the US, but check the internet.
So, can glaucoma be prevented? The answer is -Yes!
There are many steps anyone can take to lower their risk of developing and also treating glaucoma. All of the steps that we've outlined above are things that can be readily done. A healthy lifestyle just makes sense, and so does maintaining healthy weight, regular aerobic and eye exercise and eating foods that have been shown to improve eye pressure and circulation are all easily accomplished.
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