Glaucoma a leading cause of blindness in the world, especially for older people. However visual loss is preventable or stabilized with early diagnosis and treatment.
Glaucoma is a condition of the eye where the optic nerve is damaged. The optic nerve carries images to the brain, which are then perceived as vision. Minute nerve fibres from various parts of the retina join to form the optic nerve. Glaucoma results when the pressure within the eye is high enough to be detrimental to the normal functioning of these nerve fibres, some of which stop functioning. Non-functional nerve fibres result in a loss of retinal function in the area from where they originate, leading to defects in the field of vision..
The disease is called the `sneak thief of sight´ because it is painless, without symptoms and irreversible. Therefore, the person with glaucoma is usually unaware of it until much loss of vision has occurred. In fact, half of those suffering damage from glaucoma do not know it. Currently, damage from glaucoma cannot be reversed and if the entire nerve is damaged, blindness results. Early detection and regular treatment are the keys to preventing optic nerve damage and blindness from glaucoma.
WHAT CAUSES GLAUCOMA? The aqueous humour is the clear fluid circulating within and nourishing some parts of the eye which have no blood supply. 'Normal' individuals have an equal production and drainage of this fluid resulting in a constant pressure within the eye. If the drainage is compromised due to any reason, there is a pressure build-up in the eye, which can damage the optic nerve.
What are the types of Glaucoma? There are three major categories of Glaucoma. These are: 1. Primary Open Angle or Chronic Glaucoma 2. Closed Angle or Acute Glaucoma 3. Other Types of Glaucoma
Glaucoma tips and diet Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. Vitamin B2 is most beneficial for glaucoma. Vitamin B 2 (riboflavin) deficiency is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies. Take 100 mg every day, along with a B-complex supplement. The patient should not take excessive fluids, whether it is juice, milk or water at any time. He may drink small amounts, several times a day with a minimum of one hour intervals. Many practitioners believe that introcular pressure in glaucoma can be lowered by vitamin C therapy. The diet of the patient suffering from glaucoma should consist of seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruit, with emphasis on raw Vitamin C-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Natural Treatment for Glaucoma
- Tea, coffee, beer, tobacco and the fluids and juices must be avoided.
- Increase the intake of vitamin A, B, C, protein and other mineral.
- Increase the intake of raw fruits and vegetables.
- For cleansing of the bowels, enema of warm water should be administered daily.
- Intake of B-complex and calcium must be increased.
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