Information and facts on Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is a serious eye disease where pressure in the eyeball is exerted on other parts of the person's eye. This pressure can cause damage to the retina and can eventually destroy the optic nerve. Leading to vision loss and even total blindness. There are two types of glaucoma one is "closed-angle glaucoma" and the other is called "chronic open-angle glaucoma". Closed angle is the more serious and occurs less often, early warning signs include: eye pain - especially in the morning, blurred vision, and the pupils have a hard time adjusting in a dark room. Open angle glaucoma occurs in around 90% of people, the symptoms occur very late with the disease and so by the time you are aware of it a lot of damage is already done. Symptoms include: loss of peripheral vision, loss of  night vision, chronic headaches, changing eye glass prescriptions often , and tunnel vision. Stress and poor nutrition are the primary causes of glaucoma. Thus a good natural multi-vitamin and other supplementation can help prevent or slow down this disease.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. This eye problem normally affects people over 40 years old, and occurs more often in women than it is in men. Those with the highest risk of developing glaucoma are people of African ancestry; people with diabetes, high blood pressure, severe myopia or nearsightedness, people with a family history of glaucoma, and those taking corticosteroid preparations. Many person's cases of glaucoma will go undetected until actual vision loss starts. There are two basic forms of glaucoma. The worst and luckily - least common form of this disease is known as "closed-angle" glaucoma. Attacks of this type of glaucoma occur when the channel through which the eye's fluids usually drain become tightened or blocked. This is often due to narrowing or hardening of the exit channels from the person's eyes, resulting in extreme pain, bad vision, and even blindness. It is treated as a medical emergency type of health problem. Early warning signs that a problem may be developing include: eye pain especially during the morning, blurred vision, seeing halos around lights, and the pupils being not able to adjust in a dark place or room. The symptoms of acute attack may include: throbbing eye pain and loss of sight, especially the peripheral vision, pupils that are fixed in a semi-dilated condition and do not respond to light correctly, and a sharp increase in the pressure in the inner eye, normally just on one side.

These symptoms can occur very quickly and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Note that permanent vision damage can occur in as little as 3 to 5 days making treatment within the first 24 to 48  hours critical. The most common form of glaucoma, which accounts for over 90% of all cases of this disease, is "chronic open angle" glaucoma. With open angle glaucoma, there is not a physical blockage and the eye structures will appear normal, however the drainage of fluid is not good enough to keep the intra-ocular pressure at its normal level. While the acute form of glaucoma is very frightening, especially to people at high risk with other health problems, chronic glaucoma is a lot more sneaky because it normally never has any symptoms until very late in the disease. Thus by the time it is noticed, vision may be damaged already and many times permanently. The most pronounced symptoms of open-angle glaucoma are darkening or loss of peripheral vision and a decrease in the person's night vision and ability of their eyes to adjust to darkness. Peripheral vision is the ability to see "out of the corner of the eye." The eyesight loss causes the person to have "tunnel vision." Other possible symptoms include chronic low grade headaches which are very often mistaken for tension headaches, frequently changing prescription for glasses, and/or seeing halos around electric lights. Glaucoma probably has many causes, but it is closely related to stress and nutritional problems, and is often related to other disorders such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Problems with collagen have been linked to glaucoma, collagen is a widely used protein in the human body. Poor collagen metabolism often appears related to all forms of eye diseases and disorders.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
vitamin A 10 vitamin that is helpful for glaucoma, note tears contain vitamin A in them, and this vitamin is also very important for general Eye health 
Carotenoids 10 work with vitamin A and are needed for all eye problems
Essential fatty acids 10 Protects and aids in the repair of new cells and body tissues. Fatty acids are found in omega natural sources like fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
Ginkgo biloba 9 herb that can help slow vision loss
Lecithin 9 needed by the eyes and brain
Pantothenic acid 9 vitamin B5 helps with stress and is required by the adrenal glands
Glutathione 9 strong antioxidant which helps protect the eye lens
Inositol 9 Important for both the eyes and the brain. 
Calcium 9 may need more if your tear ducts are swollen
Magnesium 9 mineral that works with calcium
Bioflavinoids 9 bioflavonoids are agents that promote the production of natural healing elements in the body. They work with vitamin C
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 contains vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium, zinc, which all are helpful for glaucoma. It will also provide raw materials needed for good health and well being.
vitamin C 9 high doses of the vitamin can be helpful
vitamin E 9 antioxidant properties aids to protect eyes, lens, and eye tissue
Zinc 9 This mineral is essential in activating vitamin A from the liver.
Selenium 8 mineral that works with vitamin E


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.