Glaucoma Basics

Did you know Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness? Did you know if diagnosed and treated immediately, there is a great chance of delaying the progression of this disease?

Early detection is very important and allows the medical team to use various treatments to save patients’ remaining vision. Unfortunately, these treatments do not improve sight already lost from glaucoma. Open Angle Glaucoma is the most common form of the disease. Treatments for Open Angle Glaucoma can vary by patient and physician.

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image: National Eye Institute

Recommended treatments for early Glaucoma are:

  • Medicines in the form of eyedrops or pills, are the most common early treatment for glaucoma. Some medicines cause the eye to make less fluid. Others lower pressure by helping fluid drain from the eye.
  • Laser trabeculoplasty makes several evenly spaced burns that stretch the drainage holes in the meshwork of the eye. This procedure allows the fluid to drain better thus reducing pressure
  • Conventional surgery removes a small piece of tissue from the eye, creating a new channel for the fluid to drain from the eye.

If you are concerned about the various types and stages of Glaucoma the National Eye Institute (NEI) has very informative articles available online.

To maintain eye health, eat a nutrient rich diet that fortifies your eyes with vitamins and minerals. We all know carrots are good for your eyes, but also include dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens in your diet. Additionally, research has shown eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut. For healthy recipe suggestions, visit our Recipes for Better Vision Pinterest board.

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