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What is Glaucoma and What Causes It?
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is known as a collection of diseases that cause optic nerve damage:
- Open Angle or Chronic Glaucoma is the most common type. This responds well to nutritional intervention as per our recommendations.
- Narrow Angle Glaucoma is considered an ocular emergency. Symptoms may include a sudden, painful red eye; nausea; vomiting; headache; and visual halos. In the event of the symptoms above, seek medical help immediately.
- Low Tension Glaucoma is usually a sign of poor circulation. Heart problems, brain tumors, or toxic drugs can all produce optic nerve damage that may present as glaucoma. Natural Health Doctors are recommended for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
- Secondary Glaucoma can develop secondarily to other conditions, due to inflammation, injury, blood in the eye, or drug side effects (such as from steroids). A Natural Health Doctor is recommended for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
- Glaucoma Suspects are people with higher than normal eye pressure but who never develop glaucoma. These people should be monitored regularly. They often respond well to nutritional intervention as per our recommendations.
- Congenital Glaucoma may occur in the first few months of life. A Natural Health Doctor is recommended for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Glaucoma symptoms may include:
- Reduced peripheral vision
- Intraocular pressure (IOP) greater than 21, or where there is a large discrepancy in IOPs between the two eyes
- Optic cup asymmetry
What Causes Glaucoma?
- High Level of Stress – Results in poor breathing and digestion and comfort eating of starchy foods.
- Bad Diet – Too many starchy foods like bread, pastry, biscuits, breakfast cereals, and high starch root vegetables (potatoes, parsnips, etc.). These all cause a damaging high level of glucose spikes in the bloodstream.
- Nutritional Deficiencies – Often sufferers of glaucoma are deficient in some or many of the important nutrients, including essential fatty acids, Lutein, zeaxanthin, Taurine, antioxidants, bioflavonoid, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B complex.
- Drugs (Most All Prescribed Drugs) – Use of any prescribed drugs will have some side effect; for example, antibiotics are a prime culprit in poor digestion due to the killing of important stomach flora. This will inhibit Taurine as an important amino acid in the eye.
- Family History of Glaucoma – Can be genetic or just simply living the same lifestyle.
- Other Chronic Diseases that can raise IOPs include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (insufficient blood flow to the eyes), and thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism). These diseases are in the main caused by 1, 2, and 3.
- Being African-American – Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among this population. This racial grouping is known to be unable to eat high starch food groups—again, in the main caused by 1, 2, and 3.
- Extreme Nearsightedness or Farsightedness – At a higher level and a risk of angle closure. 1, 2, and 3 may cause this also.
- Steroid Use – Often in the form of eye drops, nose drops, or inhalants (elevates IOL pressure mildly in approximately 16% of people on steroids).
Damage to the optic nerve can still happen with eye drop controlled pressures. Nutritional support, supplementation, and lifestyle changes can dramatically improve the condition of your eyes.