Sunday, 10 March 2013

World Glaucoma Week March 10-16

World Glaucoma Week March 10-16

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among adults. Glaucoma is a "silent" eye disease that damages the optic nerve when the fluid inside the eye, the aqueous humor, does not drain out properly. It's called a silent disease because the process is painless and happens so gradually that you don't notice the narrowing of your vision until permanent damage has already occurred.

Smart dietary choices can help glaucoma patients slow the progression of the condition, helping to preserve their vision.

The best diet to fight glaucoma is high in antioxidant vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B complex, which protect the eyes. Seeds, nuts, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables are good sources of these nutrients.

Avoid coffee, as the high caffeine content elevates blood pressure, increasing
intraocular pressure (IOP).

Carrots and dark green leafy vegetables are very helpful they have been found to lowered glaucoma risk by almost 60%.

Drinking green tea may help to protect the eyes. A study found that the retina and aqueous humor absorb the antioxidants in green tea.

Exercise and stress reduction are important for people with glaucoma. 

Meditation also relaxes the body and reduces stress. Breathing deeply and focusing on your breath during meditation lets you take in more oxygen, making you feel calm and peaceful.

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