Glaucoma, or high eye pressure, is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve, which can lead to loss of vision if left untreated. We must take this condition seriously as it’s the second cause of blindness in the world.
Some people have a higher risk of developing glaucoma, such as those with diabetes, so they should take precautions to help prevent it, or at least postpone it.
Luckily, there’s something we can do to improve or prevent this eye condition. But first, let’s see who’s at risk for high eye pressure, as well as what are its symptoms.
We have a higher risk of glaucoma if we:
The warning signs of glaucoma or high eye pressure include the following:
Still, the symptoms may vary from person to person, so it’s best to consult an eye doctor.
The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, although there are others such as angle-closure glaucoma.
The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce eye pressure. But, the best treatment is prevention, so here are few natural ways to prevent our eyes from premature aging and developing conditions such as glaucoma.
Besides preventing, these lifestyle changes will help reduce eye pressure naturally.
Insulin can raise our eye pressure, so it’s best to reduce it. We can help reduce insulin levels by avoiding foods high in carbs and sugar such as starches, sodas, bread, and sweets.
Walking, cycling or swimming can do wonders for our body, including our heart and eyes. Regular low-impact exercise can lower our eye pressure. Prefer exercising in nature than in a gym.
One of the effects of stress on our body is increased eye pressure. This is just one of the reasons why we should try to manage our stress by practicing yoga, meditation, or methods such as walking and listening to music.
Eat foods high in vitamin A, E, and C, fatty acids, and minerals to protect the optic nerve. Also, avoid carbs and sugar. Follow a diet high in leafy green veggies.
Smoking increases the risk of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy. Therefore, consider quitting this unhealthy habit.
High cholesterol and blood pressure raise the risk of eye problems, including vision loss. So, be sure to keep these levels within a normal range.
Successful treatment of glaucoma requires one of the following three approaches:
To achieve that, we need the following things:
Our doctor can prescribe us one of the following eye drops, or a combination of them:
If eye drops are not sufficient for our condition, our doctor could also prescribe oral medications, usually as a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.
In case prescribed medication and eye drops don’t improve our eye pressure, we might have to undergo some of the following surgical procedures: