Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve, ultimately resulting in an irreversible loss of vision. It is the second leading cause of blindness. There are two main types of glaucoma: Open Angle and Closed Angle. Open Angle Glaucoma progresses slowly and symptoms may go unnoticed as there is usually only subtle vision loss. Closed Angle Glaucoma happens quickly and can lead to pain and rapid vision loss.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
The signs and symptoms of glaucoma will vary depending on the type one has. There are typically no indicators or warning signs that one has Open Angle Glaucoma. By the time the patient is aware of the vision loss, it is pretty late in the disease. Closed Angle Glaucoma reveals symptoms very quickly in response to the fast-occurring damage.
Open Angle Glaucoma Symptoms:
- Patchy Blind Spots (in peripheral or central vision, usually in both eyes)
- Tunnel Vision (in advanced stages of disease)
Closed Angle Glaucoma Symptoms:
- Eye Pain (usually severe)
- Blurred Vision
- Lights Appear to have a halo-like glow around them
- Severe Headache
- Eye Redness
- Sudden, Unexpected Vision Problems (especially in poor lighting)
- Sudden Sight Loss
Natural Remedies for Glaucoma:
Exercise is a great way to help increase circulation throughout the body. Promoting overall circulation may help decrease or reverse the symptoms of glaucoma. A brisk walk or another light yet responsible exercise program are good routines to incorporate into your daily life. Be careful when it comes to yoga because it involves inverted exercises, which ultimately put pressure on the optic nerve. It’s best to avoid pressure on the optic nerve, as this is the primary cause of glaucoma.
Eliminate Food Allergens:
There is a possible link between glaucoma and food or environmental allergies. It’s best to eliminate or avoid any known allergens from your life to help curb the effects of glaucoma. You may even want to take an allergy or food allergy test to find out what you are allergic to, so that you can eliminate those allergens from your life.
Change Your Diet:
It’s best to consume raw foods that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Eating dark colored berries will give you lots of antioxidants and citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C. You should also lower your insulin levels by avoiding grains and sugars such as bread, rice, pasta, cereal, and potatoes. High insulin levels can cause high blood pressure and may contribute to pressure in the eyes. Lowering your insulin levels via exercise is also a viable option.
Germanium helps increase available oxygen to the eyes and can aid in clearing congestion. You can start off using small amounts, making herbal teas with it, or using it as an essential oil. Slowly increase the amount you use if you feel that it is working.
Foods You Should Eat:
- Dark Leafy Greens (kale, chard, & collards)
- Sesame Seeds