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. One available treatment for glaucoma, that stops its progression, is lowering intraocular pressure, which is achieved mainly through the use of prescription eye drops. These drops must be used twice daily for the rest of the person’s life and are known to cause considerable local and systemic side effects. However, with some effort, it is possible to lower eye pressure naturally. The following tips can get you started:
- Lower your insulin levels. Insulin can cause your eye pressure to increase so it’s wise to avoid sugary and carbohydrate-heavy foods such as sodas, starches, sweets and breads.
- Move your body. Because exercise can help you lower your eye pressure, it’s a good idea to start incorporating some low-impact exercise into your daily routine. There are many easy ways to get active.
- Keep calm. Just as you reduce stress to reduce your blood pressure, you should try reducing stress in order to reduce your eye pressure as elevated levels of stress have been linked with elevated eye pressure.
- You are what you eat. Nutrients like vitamins C, E and A, as well as fatty acids and minerals, can all help to protect your important optic nerve. Visit our Better Vision recipe board on Pinterest for some easy and delicious recipes.
To learn more details about recommended medical treatments for glaucoma, read our Glaucoma basics blog.