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Natural approaches to prevent glaucoma or stop its progress

Natural approaches to prevent glaucoma or stop its progress

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye's optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye, and according to the National Eye Institute from 2010 to 2050, the number of people in the U.S. with glaucoma is expected to increase by more than double, from 2.7 million to 6.3 million. Glaucoma treatment consists of using beta-blockers medication or surgical procedures. However, there is evidence that dietary choices can prevent glaucoma from progressing. So, below are some natural approaches to prevent glaucoma or stop its progress.


Consume dietary antioxidants to prevent glaucoma or stop its progress

The more science investigates, the more we understand the role that dietary choices play, in preventing or stopping certain diseases from progressing, and its no different with glaucoma. Dietary antioxidants to prevent glaucoma or stoping its progress has been proven efficient, because oxidative stress may play a role in glaucoma, as it causes damage to DNA in the trabecular meshwork that may compromise outflow and increase intra ocular pressure. Therefore, a high consumption of dietary antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables has been shown to be protective against cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, while diets higher in meat and nuts may increase the risk of oxidative stress-related eye diseases. In addition, higher intakes of vitamin C and β-carotene from food, with reduction of dietary cholesterol intake, may be beneficial towards the outcome of oxidative stress-related eye diseases.

Take supplements to prevent glaucoma or stop its progress

Researchers have found that vitamin B3 prevents glaucoma in mice, and vitamin c is more important for eye health than we know, because researchers observed, in an animal model study, that if vitamin C is removed from the from cells in the retina of the eye, it causes them to stop functioning properly.

The vision loss that may occur in glaucoma usually affects side vision, whereas macular degeneration tends to affect central vision. If both conditions arise, though not actively affecting each other, the visual impairment that may result will affect a larger area of vision than just glaucoma alone. So, protecting your eyes as a method of prevention can be done via taking a resveratrol based supplement, which has been shown to reverse vision loss from macular degeneration.

Exercise more often to prevent glaucoma or stop its progress

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There is evidence suggesting that aerobic exercise can reduce eye pressure on its own, and can also have a positive impact on other glaucoma risk factors including diabetes and high blood pressure. The glaucoma Research Foundation explains that in order to achieve a positive neuroprotective effect, you don't have to exercise rigorously. Intra ocular pressure can be lowered by exercise that raises the pulse just 20-25% -- that could be a brisk walk -- for 20 minutes, a minimum of four times a week.

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