Glaucoma is characterized by a loss of peripheral vision, usually in association with a build up of fluid pressure inside the eyeball, which can damage and in some cases completely destroy the retina and optic nerve.
Caution: Glaucoma is a serious condition and requires ongoing medical attention. If you suspect you have glaucoma, see a doctor immediately.
Types of Glaucoma
There are two types of glaucoma open angle glaucoma and closed angle glaucoma.
Open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma and is characterized by the too-slow drainage of eye fluid that is normally produced each day. The slower than normal fluid drainage, which typically occurs in the rear eye chamber, is most often caused by debris building up inside of the drainage channels.
Closed angle glaucoma is characterized by the eyes drainage channels being blocked by the iris. Unlike open angel glaucoma, which occurs gradually over time, closed angle glaucoma usually occurs due to the rapid build up of fluid pressure, and can cause the eyeballs to feel hard to the touch.
Symptoms of open angle glaucoma usually progress slowly, with the first noticeable signs being narrowing of peripheral vision, headaches, tunnel vision, and other visual disturbances, such as seeing halos around lights or having difficulty adapting to darkness.
In cases of closed angle glaucoma, symptoms usually progress quickly—in some cases only a few days—and include intense eye pain, headaches, swollen eyelids, nausea, vomiting, eye redness, and vision loss, which can become permanent if not treated in time.
Both types of glaucoma can be caused by premature aging, the accumulation of debris and waste products in the eye drainage channels, allergies, eye injuries, eye tumors, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, and pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes,high blood pressure, and macular degeneration.
The use of pharmaceutical drugs can also cause glaucoma, as well as other types of vision problems. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication, diuretics, oral contraceptives, steroids, chlorpromazine, digoxin, ethambutol, gold (used to treat arthritis and lupus), haloperidol, hydroxychloroquine sulfate, and tetracycline.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional that specializes in vision disorders. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- “Eye or ear problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, redness, blurred vision, poor eyesight… : Use 1 drop of colloidal silver topically (directly in the eye or ear) 3 times a day.” The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, PhD, pg 178.
- Use a herbal eyebright eyewash www.herballegacy.com/Herbal_Eyebright.html
The following eye exercises are useful for preventing and reversing most types of vision problems.
- Rest your eyes for five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes, relaxing your gaze and staring into space.
- Blink your eyes regularly. This reduces eyestrain.
- Take regular breaks throughout the day to breathe deeply for a few minutes, coupled with neck and shoulder stretching. This helps to ensure that your eye muscles receive adequate amounts of oxygen.
- To further reduce facial tension, yawn in an exaggerated fashion. Doing so helps to stretch and relax your facial muscles.
- Cover your eyes with you palms for five minutes and breathe deeply. Do this every one to two hours.
- Spend 20 to 30 minutes each day rapidly switching your focus from near to far. An easy way to do this is to hold your finger six to eight inches from your eyes. Focus on it for a moment, then focus on an object in the distance. Keep changing your focus from near to far. This is an excellent way to exercise your eye muscles.
- Roll your eyes all the way up and down in a full circular motion for five minutes, three to five times a day.
- Pin a sheet of reading material to the wall and read it from two feet away (or closer if you need to). Each day, step further away from the wall. With regular practice, you will eventually be able to read the same material from across the room. If you are nearsighted, reverse this process, starting as far away from the sheet of paper as you need to be, then slowly moving closer each day until you are able to read it standing only a few inches away.
Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidant vegetables include bell peppers, carrots, celery, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, yellow squash, and dark-green leafy vegetables, such as chard, collards and kale.
Fruit high in anti-oxidants include berries, especially the dark rich coloured berries, purple and red grapes, plums, cherries, mangos, melons and citrus fruit.
Organic egg yolks are also recommended because they are rich in carotenoids, an important class of antioxidants. It is best to eat soft, rather than hard cooked egg yolks to preserve the heat sensitive valuable carotenoids. Soft boiled, poached, sunny side up, or raw eggs are best.
Raw eggs may be eaten if they come from a reliable organic source and are washed prior to cracking. Samonella travels on the shell of the egg and enters the egg from the outside, so washing eggs with hot sudsy water minimizes exposure.
Avoid all processed and fried foods, sugar and sugar products, refined, simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and unhealthy hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Milk and dairy products should be consumed sparingly, and preferably raw and organic.
Avoid conventional flesh foods and overcooked/grilled meats. In addition, test for food allergies and sensitivities and eliminate those foods that test positive.
Also be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day, at least half your body weight in ounces, to help flush out accumulated debris in the eye drainage channels. Proper hydration is also essential for maintaining the suppleness of the eyes` lenses. Fresh raw green juices are also an important addition to one`s daily food plan. See the recipe section for green juice suggestions.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to also adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid, beta-carotene, chromium, flavonoids, lutein, magnesium, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), riboflavin, rutin, selenium, taurine, zeaxthanin, and zinc are all helpful for treating glaucoma.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
According to Ayurvedic theory, most vision problems are due to digestive disorders. Emphasis is on regular eye exercises, as well as the use of the herbs amla, licorice, and triphala, and a diet rich in organic, whole food with abundant quantities of antioxidant rich vegetables such as carrots and spinach.
However, as always, the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
According to TCM theory, most vision problems are due to diminished liver function. To restore healthy liver function, TCM practitioners combine acupuncture with dietary changes and traditional Chinese herbs, such as ginkgo biloba and ginseng.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here:
The following essential oils can help to relieve stress and tension, which can contribute to or exacerbate glaucoma: bergamot, jasmine, lavender, rose, sandlewood, and ylang ylang. A few drops of the oils can be added to an oil burner or added to bath water and mixed well.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Phosphorus for vertigo
- Physostigma for muscle spasms and neurological problems
- Spigelia for sharp pains
The following herbs can be very helpful for antioxidant, immune and vision support: bilberry, fennel, green tea, ginkgo biloba and jaborandi (a herb that grows in the rainforest and contains pilocarpine).
Caution: People with glaucoma should avoid using ephedra (also known as Ma Huang), as well as synthetic ephedra products such as epinephrine, which is contained in most over-the-counter cold and cough formulas, because ephedra can dilate the pupils of the eyes, increasing overall eye pressure.
To help deal with unresolved mental or emotional factors that can contribute to glaucoma, the following remedies can be helpful: Aspen (to ease general fears), Clematis (if you tend to avoid your problems by “living in a dream world”), Honeysuckle (for those who avoid the challenges of the present by becoming nostalgic for the past), and Rescue Remedy (for cases of acute glaucoma).
Drink 16 ounces of carrot juice and/or carrot juice combined with fresh squeezed celery, cucumber, parsley, and spinach in two divided doses (eight ounces per serving) each day.
Avoid eyestrain by refraining from working at computer terminal or reading for long periods of time. Also refrain from watching television or movies in the dark, as well as spending prolonged periods in darkness. In addition, avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and, if you smoke, stop. When outside on sunny days, wear sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays.
To help prevent and relief eye pressure, regularly engage in mild aerobic exercises. The best type of such exercise is rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline).
The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Caution: Avoid head down yoga positions, as they could cause additional pressure to the eyes.
Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Alternative Professional Care
The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for preventing and treating cataracts: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bodywork (Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, and Therapeutic Massage), Craniosacral Therapy, Chiropractic, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Food for eyesight health blogs.naturalcures.com/food-for-eyesight-health/
The many layers of us (link between emotions and eye problems) blogs.naturalcures.com/the-many-layers-of-us/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong (from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
About the disease Glaucoma Treatment Beyond Eye Drops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dKwejwhdao
Healing the body meditation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease http://www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
‘Positive Stress’ helps protect eye from glaucoma news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/23649.aspx
Further Information (links and books)
Healing the Eye the Natural Way: Alternate Medicine and Macular Degeneration [Kindle Edition] Edward Kondrot
The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, PhD
Cell-level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell by Joyce Hawkes
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
Juice Fasting Bible: Discover the Power of an All-juice Diet to Restore Good Health, Lose Weight and Increase Vitality by Sandra Cabot
by Bernie S Siegel
Vision Sense, NorthStar Nutritionals
www.drdavidwilliams.com (800) 888-1415
Vision Essentials, Health Directions
www.drwhitaker.com (888) 886-8213
Vision Clear Formula, Vibrant Life
www.ivlproducts.com (800) 218-1378
Program for Better Vision, Real Health Breakthroughs
www.realhealthlabs.com (800) 565-6656
www.altoonamedicalsupply.com (800) 442-8367
Vision Formula, Vita-Vision
www.vitalmaxvitamins.com (800) 815-5151
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.