Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the entire world. There are only two million cases of glaucoma in the United States. Only half may be diagnosed due to the fact that there are no distinct symptoms other than the slow progression of vision impairment. Chronic open-angle glaucoma is the most common type, accounting for 60-70 percent of cases and is the most likely form to respond to nutritional supplements.
Most people think the treatment for glaucoma range from topical medications to eye surgery. The most common treatment is eye drops that reduce fluid formation in the eye and promote increased outflow. But eye drops for glaucoma have major side effects, such as low blood pressure, asthmatic wheezing, bronchial cough, light-headedness and fatigue. Nobody wants side effects like these so it makes sense to seek natural treatments and glaucoma cures.
So, if you have glaucoma or are at risk for developing it, these natural glaucoma remedies are for you:
– Vitamin A and carotenoid are needed to keep healthy eyes and to improve night vision.
– Take Vitamin E. It removes particles from the eye lens. Some patients respond to 1,000 mg per day, while others require larger doses. However, because individual tolerance varies, the total daily intake should not exceed 3,000 mg per day unless directed by a physician.
– Eat spinach and take Lutein or spinach extract because they contains carotenoid needed for retina and eye tissue and sometimes reverses many eye conditions.
– Eyebright herb in drops is excellent for glaucoma. This plant can be use internally and is much more effective than commercial eye drops and safer.
– Take Ginkgo Biloba because it increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the eye and it clears toxins. Mix it with zinc sulfate to slow down progressive vision loss.
– Cayenne is an anti inflammatory for the mucus membranes. Use very small amounts, well diluted with water or in eye drop form. It increases blood flow to the eye.
– Bilberry strengthens and protects veins and blood vessels, protects the retina, reduces pressure in glaucoma and can stop the growth of cataracts.
– Use Fennel. This plant although used in the kitchen for salads is also a very good herb for vision problems. When snakes shed their skin they are temporarily blinded and eat fennel to restore their sight. It can be eaten raw or made as a tea and the tea can be used as an eyewash.
– Jaborandi is a herb that grows in the rainforest. It’s been used for about 120 years in patients with glaucoma because it contains pilocarpine.
– Avoid coffee. Caffeine causes stimulation of vasoconstrictors, elevating blood pressure and increasing blood to the eye.
– Eat seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruit, with emphasis on raw Vitamin C-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Moreover, the patient should avoid emotional stress and cultivate a tranquil, restful lifestyle. He should also avoid prolonged straining of the eye such as occurs during excessive T.V. or movie watching and excessive reading. The use of sunglasses should be avoided.