Glaucoma

Definition of Glaucoma:

A disease of the eye characterized by vision loss due to an increase in the pressure of fluid within the eye.  This rise in pressure results from a build-up of aqueous fluid and leads to progressive damage to the optic nerve that transmits visual signals to the brain.  Over time, glaucoma can lead to a gradual loss in peripheral vision.  There are usually no signs that you're developing glaucoma until vision loss occurs.

Topics Related to Glaucoma

Alpha Lipoic Acid

...as a treatment
“...583-6, 1970] Clinical applications for this nutrient include the following conditions: Diabetic polyneuropathy, cataracts, glaucoma, ischemia-reperfusion injury, radiation injury, metal toxicity, Amanita mushroom poisoning and CCl4 poisoning...”

Bilberry

...as a treatment
“...Bilberry extracts were shown to be effective in improving night-time vision, and have been used in the prevention and treatment of glaucoma and have been used in cases of cataracts and macular degeneracy...”
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Choroidal Hemangioma

...the condition
“...If they are documented to be growing into the center of vision or are causing a retinal detachment or angle-closure glaucoma, they can be treated in an effort to preserve vision...”

Coffee

...as a treatment
“...Coffee is not recommended for people with ocular hypertension or glaucoma...”

Coleus

...as a treatment
“...Until ophthalmic preparations of coleus or forskolin are available, people with glaucoma should consult with a skilled healthcare practitioner to obtain a sterile fluid extract for use in the eyes...”

Corticosteroids

...as a treatment
“...Before using corticosteroids, people with any of the following medical problems should make sure their physicians are aware: Osteoporosis or any other bone disease; Current or past tuberculosis; Glaucoma or cataracts; Infections of any type (virus, bacteria, fungus, amoeba); Sores in the nose or recent nose surgery (if using nasal spray forms of corticosteroids); Underactive or overactive...”

Glaucoma

...the condition
Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure within the eye is elevated...”
...our question about Your ethnic background
Glaucoma is more common in certain racial groups, notably Afro-Caribbeans...”
...relationship to Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures
“...The test for glaucoma must be performed by a trained person, either an ophthalmologist or a trained ophthalmic optician...”
...recommendation Surgery
“In all forms of glaucoma, if the pressure cannot be controlled with medicines and eye drops, or if the side-effects are unacceptable, the drainage from the front part of the eye can be increased surgically...”
...recommendation Marijuana
“High intraocular pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to glaucoma...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“It is most important for those having been diagnosed with glaucoma of any sort to use any medication that they are given by an ophthalmologist as directed...”
...recommendation Coleus
“...in healthy humans, including at least one double-blind trial, have shown that direct application of an ophthalmic preparation of forskolin to the eyes lowers eye pressure, thus reducing the risk of glaucoma...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“A single dose of caffeinated coffee (but not decaffeinated coffee) can increase intraocular pressure in persons with glaucoma...”
...recommendation Alpha Lipoic Acid
“150mg per day improves visual function in people with both stage I and stage II glaucoma...”
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Goldenseal

...as a treatment
“...Do not use goldenseal without consulting a physician if you have had heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, a stroke, or high blood pressure...”

Hyaluronic Acid

...as a treatment
“... corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and surgery to repair retinal detachment)...”

Iritis

...the condition
“...Cataracts, glaucoma, corneal changes, and secondary inflammation of the retina may occur as a result of iritis and the medications used to treat the disorder...”

Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures

...our question about Nearsightedness or farsightedness
“If your vision doesn't require correction and you are under 50, an eye exam (including screening for glaucoma and visual acuity) should be performed every three to five years...”

Therapeutic Fasting

...as a treatment
“...Conditions responding to fasting include: Headaches, hypoglycemia, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, acne and eczema, tinnitus, vertigo, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, cervical dysplasia, chronic neck and back pain, polymyalgia rheumatica, and many others...”

Visiting An Eye Doctor

...as a treatment
“...An optometrist may work with corneal specialists, retinal specialists, glaucoma specialists and oculoplastic surgeons...”

Vitamin A

...as a treatment
“...Therapeutic doses also help treat glaucoma and conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids)...”

Weight Loss

...as a treatment
“...problems before taking these medications, especially thyroid problems, anxiety disorders, epilepsy or other seizure disorders, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, or glaucoma...”
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