What is it?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can damage your optic nerve, the nerve that supplies visual information to your brain from your eyes. Glaucoma is usually, but not always, the result of abnormally high pressure inside your eye. Over time, the increased pressure can erode your optic nerve tissue, which may lead to vision loss or even blindness. If it’s caught early, you may be able to prevent additional vision loss.
What are the symptoms?
- The most common type of glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma. It has no signs or symptoms except gradual vision loss.
- Acute-angle closure glaucoma is also known as narrow-angle glaucoma, It is a medical emergency and has the following symptoms:
- Severe eye pain
- Redness in your eye
- Sudden vision disturbances
- Seeing colored rings around lights
- Sudden blurred vision
- Pressure (Tension) in eye
- Eat a clean diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cold water fish, and organic grass fed animal products.
- Consume plenty of dark leafy greens and orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.
- Include lots of citrus fruits in the daily diet.
- Drink fluids steadily throughout the day, small quantities at a time.
- Consuming a high-quality fish oil 2-3 times a week is known to lower eye pressure.
- Brewer’s yeast, kelp and other sea vegetables, leafy greens, apples, safflower, and sesame oils are all known to have beneficial effects on glaucoma and general ocular hypertension.
- Don’t smoke.
- Limit caffeine intake to moderate levels, because some evidence suggests that high amounts of caffeine may increase eye pressure.
- Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses and hats when you’re outdoors.
Things to watch out for
Visit an opticians or your GP if you have any concerns about your vision. If you have glaucoma, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop your vision getting worse. Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness. If you develop symptoms of glaucoma suddenly, go to your nearest eye casualty unit or accident and emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible. This is a medical emergency that may require immediate treatment.