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Glaucoma

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What is it?

  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve and can lead to irreversible vision loss. It is usually associated with elevated fluid pressure in the eye.
  • All forms of glaucoma can cause damage to the optic nerve and lead to vision loss or even blindness if left untreated.
  • There are three levels of treatment for glaucoma: drugs, laser therapy and surgery.
  • If drug treatment is ineffective, laser therapy or surgery is then used to reduce the pressure in the eye.
  • People with a greater risk of glaucoma include those over sixty, people with diabetes, high blood pressure, severe myopia (nearsightedness) or a family history of glaucoma. Smoking can also elevate the risk, as do those who have sustained eye injuries or who have taken steroids for an extended period of time.
  • The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, but because this disorder causes no symptoms until it is quite advanced, only about half the people who have it, are aware of it.
  • In open-angle glaucoma there is no physical blockage and the structures of the eye appear normal, but the drainage of fluid nevertheless is inadequate to keep the pressure at a normal level. The most common symptoms of open-angled glaucoma are the gradual loss or darkening of peripheral vision and a marked decrease in night vision or the ability of the eye to adjust to darkness. “Peripheral vision” allows a person to see out of the corner of their eye, the loss of this ability leaves a person with “tunnel vision”. Other symptoms include chronic low grade headaches (often mistaken for tension headaches), the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescription, and/ or seeing halos around electric lights.
  • A far less common, yet more serious form of glaucoma is closed- angled glaucoma. Closed-angled Glaucoma never manifests any symptoms until very late in the condition. By that time vision may be irreversibly damaged.  Attacks of this type of glaucoma occur when the channels through which the eye’s fluid drains suddenly become constricted or obstructed. This is usually due to narrowing and hardening of the exit channels from the eyes, it results in extreme pain, poor vision and even blindness.  It is considered a medical emergency, early warnings signs that a problem may be developing include eye pain or discomfort mainly in the morning, blurred vision, seeing halos around lights and the inability for pupils to adjust to a dark room.
  • In some cases glaucoma manifests itself even though there is normal fluid pressure within the eye. This form of glaucoma is called normotensive (normal-tension). With this condition, the optic nerve is damaged and vision is impaired much the same way as open-angle glaucoma, but without the increased fluid pressure.

Possible Causes / Contributing Factors:

  • Trauma.
  • Tumours.
  • Diabetes.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • Heredity.
  • Use of corticosteroid eye drops.
  • If you have any type of disease involving the circulatory system, you might also be at risk for developing glaucoma.

Symptoms:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Loss of side vision.
  • Coloured rings.
  • Haloes around lights.
  • Eye pain.

When Glaucoma Symptoms are an emergency:

  • Most cases of glaucoma develop gradually; a rare type called acute closed-angle glaucoma develops rapidly and requires immediate attention by a medical professional. If you have pain and redness in the eyes, a sharp increase in the pressure in the inner eye (especially on one side), hazy vision, nausea and vomiting, and headaches accompanied by loss of vision, see a doctor immediately. This disorder can cause permanent loss of vision in two to five days if left untreated.
  • A conventional treatment for acute closed-angled glaucoma is to immediately reduce eye pressure by employing an osmotic diuretic agent, followed by surgery. These osmotic agents (applied to the eye drops) almost always act immediately to alleviate symptoms. Although surgery is still recommended, because without it the attacks are likely to recur and each attack can cause additional irreversible vision damage.  Using only osmotic agents can lull a person into thinking that his or her condition can be improving while in fact it is worsening rapidly.
  • Agents that act to dilate the pupils such as Ephedra and Belladonna should be avoided. 

Recommendations:

  • Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the pressure inside the eyes. If at risk of glaucoma, use vita C supplements or herbs and foods which are high in vita c.
  • Other antioxidants may also help to prevent glaucoma although little research has been done. Drink teas which contain rosemary, Shepherd’s purse or turmeric.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially colourful ones and make sure you get a variety of antioxidants.
  • Good sources of Vitamin C include: red, green and yellow peppers, citrus fruits, parsley, strawberry leaves and fruit, and turmeric.
  • Herbs high in antioxidants include: rosemary, shepherd’s purse and turmeric.
  • Exercise regularly. Research has shown that those with open-angle glaucoma who exercise at least three times a week can reduce intraocular pressure by 20 % or more. If they stop exercising the pressure begins to build up again. Exercise does not appear to have the same benefits for those with closed-angle glaucoma.
  • If you’re taking eye drops to reduce intraocular pressure, make sure you know how to administer the eye drops properly, in order to ensure your eyes receive sufficient amount of medication.
  • Avoid prolonged eye stress such as watching TV, reading and using the computer for long periods of time. If you must engage in close work for any length of time, take periodic focus breaks. Every twenty minutes or so by raising your eyes and focus on something in the distance for a minute or so.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke, coffee, alcohol, nicotine and all caffeine.
  • Drink small amounts of liquid at any given time.
  • Corticosteroids can induce glaucoma by destroying collagen structures in the eye. If you must take corticosteroids, take the smallest amount possible for the shortest possible time. Avoid if you have glaucoma.

How can our products help you: (It is always advisable to consult with your health care practitioner before taking any nutritional supplement)

 

  •  Bilberry Fruit 60 Caps is used for many problems concerning the eye, the fruits of this shrub contain anthocyanosides. These compounds can help prevent the breakdown of Vitamin C, which in turn can reduce pressure inside the eye.
  • Ginkgo Biloba 60Tans or Tincture 50ml an extract made from leaves of this tree contains bioflavonoids called ginkgogolides, which may be beneficial for glaucoma.
  • Vita C 100Tabs reduces intraocular pressure.
  • Coleus Tincture 50ml reduces eye pressure. Do not take if you have prostate cancer.
  • Eye Care Tincture 50ml is nutritionally beneficial complex providing anthocyanidins, lutein and zeaxanthin to aid regeneration of retinol/visual purple and other light sensitive pigments in the retina and blood circulation to the eyes.
  • Selenium 60Tabs is a natural antioxidant which is nutritionally beneficial for the eyes.
  • L-Taurine 60Caps is beneficial for the functioning of the eyes.
  • Inositol & Choline 60Caps contains important B vitamins for the eyes and brain.
  • Lecithin 250grams is a good source of Inositol & Choline and also contains fatty acids which protects and aids repair of new tissues and cells.
  • Carotenoid Complex 60VeggieCaps is needed for good eyesight and essential in the formation of visual purple, the substance necessary for night vision.
  • Vitamin B Complex 100Tabs as B vitamins work best when taken together.
  • Vita B5 Calcium D-Panthenate High Potency 90 Caps or Vita B5 Calcium D-Panthenate Advanced Enzyme Active High Potency 60 Caps is an anti stress is needed for adrenal glands  and an essential constituent of coenzyme A needed for many vital metabolic processes.
  • Vita E Enzyme Active 60VeggieCaps is helpful in removing particles from the lens of the lens of the eye. It also has antioxidant properties to protect the lens and other eye tissues.
  • L-Arginine 60Caps facilitates natural synthesis of nitric oxide, which promotes healthy blood vessels. Avoid L-Arginine if you have cataracts or if you are pregnant, or have colitis or a viral infection such as herpes.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid Complex 60Caps is an important antioxidant that improves visual functions.
  • Hi Bio Calmag Complex 125 Grams contains magnesium which dilates the blood vessels, enhancing flow to the eyes.
  • Multivitamin Forte 100Tabs as all nutrients are needed to aid in healing and to reduce intraocular pressure.
  • Selenium 60Tabs is a potent antioxidant that works with vitamin E.
  • Zinc 60Tabs is essential in activating vitamin A from the liver.
  • Eyebright 60Caps or Tincture 50ml is good for all eye disorders.
  • Chamomile 60Caps or Tincture 50ml and Fennel 60Caps or Tincture 50ml are also beneficial for glaucoma. Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis as ragweed allergies may result. Avoid it if you are allergic to ragweed.

Consider:

  • A herb to avoid would be Jaborandi which contains a standard glaucoma drug called pilocarpine. Although the drug is originally made from plant, today it is manufactures synthetically. The herb itself is not considered safe as an overdose can cause death due to fluid build-up in the lungs.
  • Experts now believe that a simple pressure test is inadequate for diagnosis of glaucoma. An eye exam should also include a close examination of the optic nerve while the pupil is dilated, as well as a test of peripheral vision to see if any vision loss has occurred. People who are at risk of glaucoma should be tested frequently so that any loss of peripheral vision can be documented early.
  • Chronic open-angled glaucoma can often be controlled through the use of medication, usually in the form of eye drops. There are several types of medication available; ophthalmologists often have to experiment to find that specific one that works for a particular individual. Many who have glaucoma find that eye drops may cause severe headaches and other side effects.  This problem may be alleviated by changing prescriptions. If headaches persist it may help to adjust the schedule for taking the medication so that it interferes with normal activities as little as possible.
  • The best way to prevent vision loss due to glaucoma is to receive regular eye exams from a qualified ophthalmologist, especially if you fall into one of the risk categories mentioned earlier.

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L-Arginine Powder 500Grams Arginine retards the growth of tumors and increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which manufactures lymphocytes (T-cells), crucial components of the immune system hence helpful against cancer, aids and other diseases that suppress the immune Product Details
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