Glaucoma is a serious eye condition characterized by an increase of pressure within the eye ball, called intraocular pressure. It is similar to high blood pressure in the body. The condition is therefore, also known as hypertension of eye.
A certain amount of intraocular pressure is considered necessary, but too much can cause damage to eye and may result in vision loss.
Glaucoma is the major cause of blindness today. One out of every 8 blind persons is a victim of glaucoma. Far sighted persons are more prone to develop this disease than near sighted ones.
- The first symptom of glaucoma is the appearance of halos or colored rings around distant objects, when seen at night.
- In this condition, the iris is usually pushed forward, and patient often complains of pain.
- Pain in the region of brow, near the temples and cheeks.
- Headache is common.
- There is gradual impairment of vision as glaucoma develops, and this may ultimately result in blindness if proper steps are not taken to deal with the disease in the early stages.
- Glaucoma is associated with giddiness, sinus condition, allergies, diabetes, hypoglycemia, arteriosclerosis and an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system.
- Eye strain or prolonged working under bad lighting conditions is the chief cause of glaucoma.
- The root cause of glaucoma is highly toxic condition of the system due to dietetic errors, a faulty life style and prolonged suppressive drugs for the treatment of other diseases.
- Glaucoma is also caused by prolonged stress and is usually a reaction of adrenal exhaustion.
- The inability of adrenal glands to produce aldosterone results in excessive accumulation of fluid in the tissues.
- Glaucoma is also found in patient who is deficient in vitamin A, B, C, Protein, calcium and other minerals.
- Things to be avoided in diet: Coffee, alcohol and tobacco should be completely avoided as they are vasoconstrictors – responsible for elevating blood pressure and increasing blood flow to the eye.
- Tea can be taken in moderate amount.
- Avoid taking excessive fluids, whether it is juice, milk or water at any time.
- Things to be taken in diet are : The diet of the patients suffering from glaucoma should be based on three basic food groups namely SEEDS, NUTS AND GRAINS.
- Increase your intake of vegetables and fruits, with emphasis on raw vitamin c rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Incorporate oranges, grapes or any other juicy fruits in season and handful of raw nuts or seeds for breakfast along with a raw vegetable salad with olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
- Two or three chapattis and glass of buttermilk to be taken for lunch.
- Dinner may comprise of steamed vegetables, butter and cottage cheese.
- Modern medical treatment for glaucoma is through surgery which relieves the internal pressure in the eye due to excess fluid.
- When it comes to alternative systems or complementary treatments for glaucoma, Homeopathy offers the best alternative. This is because Homeopathy focuses on treating and curing the root cause of the problem. Homeopathy believes that the human body has been perfectly enabled by nature to keep itself disease free. It is only when the immunity or its own internal vitality is deranged that the body becomes incapable of keeping itself disease free. Therefore Homeopathy tries to restore the balance of that vitality. Once the vitality regains its original balance, it is able to nurse itself back to health without any external aid. That is why homeopathic medicines are given in very minute doses. The exact prescription of the right medicine depends on the individual symptoms of the patient. It should suffice to say that the treatment of glaucoma is a complicated task and should be best left to an experienced homeopathic doctor.
- Natural treatment for glaucoma is same as that for any other condition associated with high toxicity and is directed towards preserving whatever sight remains. If treated in early stages, the result are encouraging.
- Certain nutritional and biological approaches can prove effective in controlling the condition and preserving the remaining sight.
- Certain nutrients such as calcium, B-complex, vitamin A and vitamin C are helpful in the treatment of glaucoma.
- Intraocular pressure can be lowered by vitamin C.
- The cases of advanced stages of glaucoma may be beyond the cure.
- Patient should undertake various methods of relaxing and strengthening the eyes.
Author: Dr. Rupali Bhanuse, BHMS, PGDHM
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