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Is a serious eye condition in which the pressure of the fluid within the eyeball is abnormally high.

What to look for

A sudden onset of serious headaches, redness in the eye, throbbing pain, blurred vision dilated pupils and sometimes vomiting and nausea.
In babies, teary or cloudy eyes, enlarged corneas and unusual sensitivity to light.
Blurred vision, teary, occasional headaches and aching eyes.
It can be very painful and can also eventually cause damage to the retina and to the optic nerve leading to partial or complete blindness. The characteristic loss of peripheral vision is so slow as not to be noticed.
You may not even notice the warning signs. You develop tunnel vision, you have headaches, you need new glasses and eventually you develop blank spots where you can’t see anything.



The eye's lens, iris, and cornea are continuously bathed and nourished by a water based fluid called aqueous humour. This fluid keep on producing and it has to be continually drained away. This is the problem with glaucoma patients, there is an obstruction to the drainage of the fluid and as a result, the pressure keeps on building up and this causes problems.

It tends to be hereditary. Babies can be born with a defect in the drainage system in the eye and this can then develop glaucoma early in their life.
When the optic nerve worsens your field of vision narrows and you have problem seeing things at either side. If the nerve damage continues, it can affect your central vision and then lead to total blindness.
There are some researchers that believe that a certain thing can trigger this illness....
Stress and allergies may also provoke the symptoms of chronic glaucoma.
By using certain drugs,
A lack of collagen, corticosteroid eye drops are thought to destroy collagen balance in certain situations. if prescribed for other eye disorders)

Personal Care


By doing eye exercises it may help to relieve stress and eyestrain that is caused by overworked eyes and many eye problems, including glaucoma - ask your doctor about it.
You should reduce caffeine and alcohol intake as these are two substances that may affect blood circulation to the eye. Also try to avoid cigarette smoke.

Dietary Considerations

Taking vitamin C apparently helps with this condition so therefore try to eat food that is rich in this vitamins, strawberries, oranges, cauliflower, turnip greens, grapefruits and broccoli. Or you can take supplements of vitamin C daily. Also eat foods that are rich in vitamin A such as butter, cod liver oil, kidney, dairy products, liver and egg yolk. Zinc and chromium may also deter glaucoma, because most people with this disease exhibit deficiencies of these minerals, as well as of thiamine (vitamin B1).

When to seek further professional advice


If you have symptoms of acute glaucoma.
If you have abnormal symptoms after taking any medication that was prescribed by your doctor.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Alternative methods to treat glaucoma emphasise is to prevent it and have a good eye maintenance. ONLY use this in addition to conventional medicine.

Herbal Therapies: there are a variety of herbs that has properties that may aid in this complaint- Bilberry(Vaccinium myrtles) helps maintain collagen balance and prevents the breakdown of vitamin C. This is also available in a tablet form or you can eat the real fruit if it is available.

Traditional Treatment

If your general practitioner suspects chronic glaucoma he will administer eye-drops in an attempt to reduce the pressure within the eye and to keep the pupil small). Drugs may be prescribed for the same purpose, and also to relieve pain. You will almost certainly be referred to an eye specialist for further treatment, if the medication fails to relieve the eye pressure, a drainage operation may be necessary.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21