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What is Glaucoma

Causes of Glaucoma

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Nutrition and Diet to Prevent Glaucoma

Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Glaucoma

Glaucoma Prevention by Exercise

Chinese Medicine for Glaucoma

Acupuncture for Glaucoma

Home Remedy for Glaucoma

Herbal Medicine for Glaucoma

Homeopathy for Glaucoma

Conventional Medicine for Glaucoma

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what is glaucoma

Glaucoma is called the sneak thief of sight because glaucoma has no obvious symptoms at first. Glaucoma is painless, and in its initial stage has no effect on vision. By the time there is a noticeable change in eye sight, glaucoma has done its damage.

The normal eye is filled with fluid, and that fluid drains through tissue between the iris and cornea. With glaucoma, that drain backs up and the fluid either flows out slowly (open angle glaucoma) or stops flowing (closed angle galucoma). The backup builds pressure throughout the eye, damaging blood vessels that feed the retina and optic nerve. Without nutrients, the optic nerve begins to die, along with your vision. One of every seven legally blind people in America lost sight due to glaucoma. The natural remedies in this chapter-in conjunction with medical care and used with the approval of your doctor-may help prevent glaucoma or slow its development.

causes of glaucoma

In most people, the underlying cause of glaucoma is not known, although glaucoma tend to run in families. In others, damage to the eye caused by infection, inflammation, tumor, large cataracts or surgery for cataracts, or other conditions keeps the fluid from draining freely and leads to increased eye pressure and optic nerve damage (secondary glaucoma).

signs and symptoms of glaucoma

  • There are basically two types of glaucoma, the open-angle glaucoma and the closed-angle glaucoma.
    Open-angle glaucoma
  • Painless and causes no remarkable symptoms on its early stage.
  • Development of blind spots, or patches of vision loss, over months to years. The blind spots slowly grow larger and coalesce.
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision; vision loss occurs so gradually that it is often not noticed until much of it is lost.
  • Developing of tunnel vision. Because central vision is generally lost last, many people develop tunnel vision; they see straight ahead perfectly but become blind in all other directions.
  • Blindness

Closed-Angle Glaucoma:

  • Eye pressure rises rapidly in closed-angle glaucoma,
  • Abrupt onset of severe eye pain and headache, redness, blurred vision, rainbow-colored halos around lights
  • Sudden loss of vision.
  • They may also have nausea and vomiting as a response to the increase in eye pressure.

Closed-angle glaucoma is considered a medical emergency, because people can lose their vision as quickly as 2 to 3 hours after the appearance of symptoms if the condition is not treated.
People who have had open-angle or closed-angle glaucoma in one eye are likely to develop it in the other.

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