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The fact that you are reading this post means that you already know what glaucoma is, and are you worried about the impact of glaucoma on your vision and your independence.
You hope to find information about a miracle natural cure or remedy for glaucoma.
And you wonder if there is any truth to claims of 'I restored my vision by naturally reversing my glaucoma blindness... without surgery or medications!'
Most of my glaucoma patients do.
The reality is that there is no miracle cure or remedy for glaucoma.
Just as we are not able to bring the dead back to life, we are not able to restore vsion from glaucoma blindness by bringing dead retinal ganglion cells back to a functioning state.
But what I will share in this post are seven natural glaucoma remedies that target seven key glaucoma risks.
And by targeting all these seven key risks naturally through lifestyle changes and diet, you reduce your odds of losing vision from glaucoma.
It will require constant effort and determination, but the good news is that it can be done.
But before we get into these natural glaucoma remedies, let's have a quick refresher about glaucoma treatment first.
While high eye pressure is the most important risk factor for glaucoma blindness, it is not the only risk factor.
else do you explain glaucoma that continues to progress and worsen
despite well-controlled eye pressures? I see this happen myself every
day, in many of my glaucoma patients.
So if you want to give your eyes the best chance of avoiding glaucoma blindness, you must address not just your eye pressure, but also these other risk factors too.
In this post, I will also discuss natural supplements for glaucoma neuroprotection including Nutravision, which in my opinion is the most advanced nutrient capsule available worldwide, to naturally enhance resilience against glaucoma damage.
More on Nutravision later.
Ok, technically this is not a remedy, but I cannot emphasize the importance of regular monitoring enough.
I published research in 2007 confirming that the majority of people diagnosed with glaucoma maintain useful vision for the rest of their lives.
Most people who go blind from glaucoma do so because their glaucoma was detected too late or because they were not able to access regular monitoring.
Monitoring visits should include intraocular pressure measurements, optic disc evaluation, visual field testing and imaging scans if appropriate.
Regular, adequate monitoring means that early signs of glaucoma damage or progression can be treated before any significant sight loss occur.
Key risk: Inadequate monitoring and late detection
We all know of the damage cigarette smoke can do to our lungs and heart. But are you aware that cigarette smoke can also inflict significant damage to your eyes?
Cigarette smoke contains many harmful chemicals, such as tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines (TSNAs), benzene, pesticides, arsenic, cadmium and cyanide, that cause serious oxidative damage to the eye and optic nerve.
Smoking leads to higher eye pressure and increased risk of glaucoma, and worsens other eye conditions such as
age-related macular degeneration, uveitis, and retinal vein occlusions - all of which are sight-threatening diseases that you really don't want to get.
Key risk: Cigarette smoke
You are what you eat. You also see what you eat, both literally and figuratively.
Good nutrition and a
healthy balanced diet are important to maintain overall eye health, including for glaucoma. Those with lower intake of fruits and vegetables are more likely to develop glaucoma.
Your diet should contain plenty of natural antioxidants, such as vitamin A (carrots, apricots, papayas), vitamin C (berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes), vitamin E (avocados, green leafy vegetables, fish) and zinc (whole bran, eggs, peanuts).
So the healthy eating habits for glaucoma are:
Key risk: Inadequate and unhealthy diet
Exercise improves blood circulation and can reduce the risk of glaucoma visual field loss.
Doing aerobic exercise three times a week for at least 30 to 45 minutes each time can lower your eye pressure by 20% on average.
Just by walking 5,000 steps, performing an extra 2.6 hours of non-sedentary activity, or exercising for 120 minutes daily at a moderate-to-vigorous level, you can reduce your average rate of visual field loss by 10%.
While lack of exercise is unhealthy for your eyes, not all exercise is good for you either.
Overly vigorous and high-impact exercises can elevate eye pressure due to exuberant pigment release from the iris.
Head-down and inversion exercises can also elevate eye pressure significantly, and should be avoided.
I recently tested this on a patient who enjoyed pole exercises, which involve inversion. Her usual eye pressure of 10 mmHg skyrocketed to 30 mmHg within 20 seconds of being head down!
Key risk: Lack of exercise and inversion exercises
Steroids are very commonly prescribed in all medical and surgical specialties.
But did you know that steroids are the commonest medication-related cause of glaucoma and cataract?
This is because steroids can elevate eye pressure (this is called a steroid response).
Steroid-induced glaucoma is one of the more difficult types of glaucoma to treat, and often require surgery.alternatives to steroid medications.
If you are taking steroid medications, discuss with your family doctor or treating specialist about other medical alternatives.
Key risk: Steroid medications
Where do I start with stress? Unhealthy for your body, and now increasingly recognized as being unhealthy for your eyes too.
Stress causes increased circulating stress hormones in the body, which will elevate eye pressure and blood pressure.
Some scientists now consider mental stress as a cause of glaucoma that needs to be actively managed.
While it is impossible to have no stress in your life, it is important to have strategies to manage this stress, and one of the best natural ways to do so is through mindfulness meditation.
Practise mindfulness meditation for one hour every day to reduce eye pressure, decrease stress levels, and improve quality of life.
Key risk: Mental stress
Warning: this might be controversial and there is no consensus yet among glaucoma specialists worldwide.
My professional position is that glaucoma neuroprotection through vitamins and natural nutrient supplements is an essential part of glaucoma management, alongside the conventional medical treatments you are receiving.
Why? Because glaucoma progression can still occur despite well controlled eye pressures.
And why is this the case? Because the remaining nine key biocellular mechanisms of eye ageing that increase glaucoma risk have not been adequately addressed.
retinal ganglion cells and optic nerve will continually suffer stress
and damage from glaucoma unless adequately neuroprotected with additional nutrient
Key risk: Insufficient glaucoma neuroprotection
So which are the best glaucoma vitamins and natural nutrient supplements that I recommend, based on current available clinical evidence?
(Disclaimer: I am part of the team of leading Australian clinicians, scientists and naturopaths that formulated and developed Nutravision)
In my admittedly biased opinion, if you are going to take a natural nutrient supplement as a remedy against glaucoma and ageing, then Nutravision will do all this and more.
This is because Nutravision has been specifically formulated to effectively target all the ten key biocellular mechanisms of eye ageing that increase risk of glaucoma (and macular degeneration).
Which makes Nutravision just about the most potent, synergistic and complete neuroprotection vision supplement the world has ever seen.
I am very pleased to see its clinical efficacy in reducing eye pressure and improving visual acuity and peripheral visual fields in real life in my patients, every single day.
The review above is from a woman who had already undergone five operations for glaucoma, and in fact had been recommended to have a sixth by another glaucoma specialist elsewhere.
The results that she is experiencing with Nutravision are just remarkable and truly unprecedented. And this is why Nutravision is the only natural glaucoma supplement that I recommend as a remedy for neuroprotection.
Bilberry and blackcurrant
contain anthocyanin flavonoids that are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and enhance ocular blood flow. Take bilberry or blackcurrant fruit extract to help with eye pressure control and limit glaucoma visual
Ginkgo biloba leaf
Ginkgo biloba leaf is a popular natural herb that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Take ginkgo biloba leaf extract 120 mg daily to enhance ocular microcirculation and perhaps even improve visual field performance.
Note that there is some concern regarding bleeding with ginkgo biloba, but the most rigorous evidence from systematic reviews and meta-analyses have confirmed that ginkgo biloba does not increase bleeding risk.
Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)
Nicotinamide plays an
important role in supporting cell metabolism through NAD+ production. Take nicotinamide on its own or in combination with pyruvate to increase NAD+ levels in the retinal ganglion cells and improve visual function in glaucoma.
Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Methylcobalamin is a water-soluble B-vitamin which is important for DNA regulation, protection of the neural structures, and nervous system function. Take 1,500 micrograms (or 1.5 mg) oral methylcobalamin daily to stabilize visual field loss from low pressure glaucoma.
Adopting these seven natural glaucoma remedies will significantly reduce your odds of glaucoma and vision loss from glaucoma.
But this does not mean you can discontinue your existing glaucoma treatments as prescribed by your eye specialist.
A proactive, combined complementary and medical approach will provide you with the best protection and best chance against glaucoma.
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I have been doing Tai chi for the last several years and it appeared to help my visual fields.
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Do a detailed family history and ask relatives etc... If possible do a genetic screen once you have presented your family history share it with your GP. …
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