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Protect Your Health

Understanding And Treating Glaucoma Without Going Ga-Ga

by Claire Ward

Your underlying physical health is important, so you may visit your doctor and dentist each year for regular exams. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough energy into the health of your eyes and vision. From a simple vision impairment that you can correct with laser eye surgery to an itchy, watery eyes from allergies, visiting your eye doctor for routine exams is an additional element in the proper care of your body. Considering an estimated 3 million Americans suffer with glaucoma, learning how to prevent and treat this condition without going crazy is smart. Using this guide on glaucoma, you will understand its causes and the best options for treatment.

Developing the Symptoms of Glaucoma

Your eyes contain drainage ducts, which allow fluid to flow out and away from your eye. If the ducts become blocked or damaged, the fluid will cause pressure to build up inside your eyes, resulting in glaucoma. Over time, glaucoma can damage the optic nerve of your eye, reducing your ability to see and causing a great deal of discomfort.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may be dealing with some form of glaucoma:

  • Tunnel Vision (Or, the loss of your peripheral vision)
  • Blurry, Foggy Vision
  • Rainbow Colors When Viewing Bright Lights
  • Headaches (Due to the pressure in your eye)
  • Eye Pain
  • Vision Loss
  • Nausea and Possible Vomiting

Treating your Glaucoma

Your ophthalmologist will need to complete a series of tests to determine if you have glaucoma before treating the condition. After a traditional vision test, a tonometry is used to test the pressure of your eyes. If tests determine you have a form of glaucoma, the following treatments may be recommended:

  • Medicated Drops – Your doctor will prescribe medicated eye drops to improve the flow of fluid from out of your eye. The medicated eye drops will increase fluid output, which will decrease the pressure in your eyes.
  • Oral Medications – You may also need to take medications orally to reduce the pressure in your eye. Many patients will glaucoma will utilize the medicated eye drops along with an oral medication.

While medications and eye drops are effective for many patients, some will require surgery to treat their glaucoma. Thankfully, your ophthalmologist will offer a few suggestions to surgically treat your condition.

Laser eye surgery is a common option for patients who prefer a less invasive procedure. After numbing the eye, a specialized laser is used to open your eye ducts. This improves the flow of fluid from your eye, reducing the pressure from your glaucoma.

A trabeculectomy is also an effective treatment for your glaucoma. While this procedure is minimally invasive, it does involve surgically placing a stent into the eye ducts. This stent will allow fluid to flow without difficulty, relieving pressure and discomfort in and around the eye.  

Naturally Treating your Glaucoma

Your eye doctor will recommend the best course of action to treat your glaucoma, but natural, non-toxic, and non-surgical options are available. While surprising to hear, you can reduce the pressure in your eye by following a healthy diet and exercise plan.

If you are one of the 29 million Americans with diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Treating your diabetes with a healthy diet and exercise plan is crucial, but this will also help improve your glaucoma. Decrease your consumption of sugary, starchy foods and increase your daily exercise to lose weight and improve your diabetes and glaucoma.

A healthy set of eyes is important for work, play, and completing mundane tasks, so protecting your vision and your eye's health is imperative. Using this guide on glaucoma, you will understand the symptoms and treatment options for this condition.  Contact a practice, like Country Hills Eye Center, for more information.


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!