Glaucoma affects more than two million Americans and is the second leading
cause of blindness in this country. This can be a very serious disease that
must be given medical care as soon as possible if permanent vision loss is
to be avoided. In a healthy eye, fluid is produced and drained at equal
rates. If the fluid cannot drain properly, it builds up and puts pressure
on the optic nerve, the retina, and the lens. This pressure can partially
damage or even completely destroy the retina and the optic nerve.
If the outflow channels are open and become blocked with debris, the
disorder is called open-angle glaucoma. Chronic open-angle glaucoma is the
most common form and usually occurs over the years. Fluid drains too slowly
from the anterior chamber of the eye and pressure builds up. At first,
increased pressure in the eyes produces no symptoms. As the disease
progresses, symptoms may include narrowing peripheral vision, mild
headaches, and vague visual disturbances, such as seeing halos around
electric lights or having difficulty adapting to darkness. At some point,
tunnel vision-where the visual field narrows and makes it hard to see
anything on either side when looking forward-may develop.
If the channels are blocked by the iris, the disorder is called
closed-angle glaucoma. Fluid pressure increases quickly and causes intense
pain in one eye, along with headaches and vision problems, including
blurring or a "halo effect" around lights. The eyeball feels hard to the
touch, and the pain may be so severe that it causes nausea and even
vomiting. The eyelid swells, and the eye becomes red and watery. These
symptoms are warning signs that you must receive medical care immediately.
Permanent vision loss and even total blindness can settle in after just a
few days. Fortunately, acute glaucoma is rather rare and accounts for only
10 percent of all glaucoma cases. Certain medications, long periods spent
in darkness, and stress are all potential triggers for an attack.
Since the disease targets older people most frequently, anyone over
sixty-five should make glaucoma tests part of their annual eye exam.
African Americans, who have a much higher incidence of glaucoma than the
rest of the population does, should start getting annual tests after the
age of forty, as should anyone with diabetes. If at any age you experience
a loss of peripheral vision, constant low-level headaches, eye pain, or
blurred vision that is not corrected with one new lens prescription, see a
doctor at once. If you test positive for glaucoma, you may not be able to
recover the damage that's already been down, but there's a good chance that
you can significantly slow the progress of the disease.
There does not seem to be one single cause of glaucoma. Most likely, a
variety of factors come into play. A good strategy for prevention, as well
as treatment in conjunction with a doctor's care, incorporates reducing the
general number of toxins in the body, eating foods that support the eye,
correcting nutritional deficiencies associated with glaucoma, enhancing
digestion, avoiding medications that predispose one to glaucoma, and
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
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Take 200 mg twice daily. Magnesium relaxes the blood vessel
walls and improves blood flow to the eye.
Super Prescription # 2
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Take 1,000 mg two to four times daily. Studies show that
vitamin C supplementation reduces eye pressure.
Super Prescription #3
Omega 3, 6 9
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Take a formula containing a daily does of EPA and DHA.
Animal studies using this supplement show a significant
drop in intraocular pressure.
Super Prescription #4
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Take 250 mg daily. This antioxidant has been shown to
improve vision for some people with this disease.
Super Prescription #5
Bilberry (Vaccimium myrtillus)
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Take 160 mg twice daily of a 25 percent anthocyanosides
extract. Bilberry improves blood flow and contains
flavonoids that support eye structure and function.
Super Prescription # 6
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Take 60 / 270 mg three times daily of a 24 percent flavone
glycoside extract. Ginkgo has been shown to be helpful for
glaucoma. It improves blood flow and contains flavonoids
that support eye structure and function.
Super Prescription #7
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Take 250 to 500 mcg twice daily. It is particularly
important for people with diabetes to supplement for
blood-sugar balance and the prevention of glaucoma.
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· Narrowing peripheral vision
· Vague visual disturbances
Symptoms of Closed-Angle Glaucoma
Chronic glaucoma is usually asymptomatic until irreversible damage has
already been done. Sings that chronic glaucoma has already progressed
include the following:
· Intense pain in one eye, with vision problems
Nausea and vomiting
Red, watery eye
· Accumulation of wastes and metabolic slowdown related to aging
· Some prescription drugs, including corticosteroids, antidepressants, and
blood pressure medication
· Certain illness, such as other eye disorders (especially macular
degeneration) and diabetes
If you have glaucoma of either kind, you must be under a doctor's care. The
therapies listed here will complement and support your conventional
treatment. Natural therapies work very well for chronic and open-angle
Eat a basic, wholesome diet based on whole grains and fresh fruits and
Carotenoids are essential for optimum eye health. Consume plenty of orange,
yellow, and green leafy vegetables. It is also highly recommended that you
drink live juice made from these and other fruits and vegetables several
times a day.
The bioflavonoid anthocyanidin fights free radicals and helps keep the
collagen around the eye healthy and flexible. Blueberries and cherries are
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours to flush toxins and to
keep the eye tissues supple. Spread your consumption of water and other
liquids out across the day, so that you do not build up pressure in your
Some studies have shown fish oils to lower eye pressure. Incorporate fatty
fish such as salmon, mackerel, and cod into your meals two or three times a
Chromium and magnesium both have essential effects on glaucoma. Brewer's
yeast is the best source of chromium; kelp, leafy greens, apples, and
safflower and sesame oils will provide you with magnesium.
Foods to Avoid
Fluid retention in the eye may be a response to food allergies. Determine
whether a food is contributing to your problem. If you find that
consumption of a certain food makes your eyes red, irritated, painful, or
tender, you must avoid that product from now on.
Caffeine has been shown to reduce blood flow to the eye, so avoid coffee,
chocolate, and caffeinated teas and sodas.
A toxic liver may be related to eye problems. Avoid alcohol, which puts a
terrible burden on this essential organ.
· Avoid eyestrain from reading or working at computer terminals for long
periods. Take frequent breaks and look away from the screen or your reading
· Don't watch television in the dark. Prolonged periods of darkness with
the pupils dilated can bring on acute glaucoma.
· Tobacco smoke reduces blood flow to the retina, so don't smoke. You must
also avoid smoky rooms, bars, and restaurants.
· Mild to moderate aerobic exercise can reduce eye pressure, so find an
activity you enjoy and make it a daily habit.
· Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays; both kinds of light create
free radicals that have been linked to glaucoma.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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