Glaucoma results in gradual loss of one's vision and can lead to blindness. It is caused by improper drainage of fluid from the eye, causing increasing eye pressure that damages the optic nerve.
While glaucoma is incurable, it can be delayed through eye drops and oral medication. In advanced stages of glaucoma, laser treatment is recommended only after invasive surgery fails to reduce eye pressure.
Three per cent of Singapore residents aged 50 and above have glaucoma, rising to 10 per cent for those aged 70 and above.
Natural ways of reducing pressure
1) Eat food that may help your eyes:
- Food high in carotenoids or vitamin A
- Brewer’s yeast – Provides chromium, a mineral that has been shown to be beneficial for people with glaucoma
- Blueberries and cherries – These two super fruits cherries and blueberries contain anthocyanidin that can help fight free radicals that damage eyes
- Lower your insulin levels, especially for people with diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure by eating less sugar and processed carbs
- Getting loads of lutein and zeaxanthin from green, leafy vegetables or supplements
- Vitamin C supplementation is safer and far more effective than traditional drug treatment for glaucoma. At 1,500 mg daily, using this vitamin has led to almost-normal eye pressure levels
2) Do some eye exercises to relax or strengthen eye muscles and nerves - see ref 4