January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and there are many preventative measures and early stage treatments for this common eye disorder. Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve becomes damaged over time. This reduces peripheral vision, which then leads to blindness. One cause of the optic nerve damage in glaucoma is higher-than-normal pressure within the eye, or intraocular pressure (IOP). Age and genetics can put you at risk. Prevention is key! Here are some considerations if you have a family history of glaucoma, or have recently shown a higher than normal IOP reading:
1) Rule out food allergies and intolerances.
2) Reduce inflammatory foods in general. These foods include beef, pork, dairy, sugar, wheat, etc. A great source of easy to follow guidelines and recipes is The Anti Inflammatory Diet and Recipe Book by Dr. Black, ND.
3) Ensure proper blood flow to the brain with Acupuncture or CranioSacral Therapy.
4) Reduce caffeine and maintain proper, even hydration throughout the day.
5) Address high blood pressure, if it exists.
6) Perform cardiovascular exercise 3 hours daily to lower pressure.
Consult with a Nutritionist and consider adding the following supplements to your diet:
1) Co-Q10 100-200 mg (especially if on a statin to lower cholesterol)
2) Zinc 50 mg/d
3) Vitamin B6 100 mg/d
4) Bioflavonoids 1000 – 3000 mg/d
5) Vitamin C 4-6,000 mg daily (to bowel tolerance)
6) Flax or fish oil 2,000 mg/d (use caution if on a blood thinner)
7) Magnesium 200-400 mg/d
8) Potassium, from food sources, to equal 1,000 to 3,000 mg/d
9) Selenium 200 mcg/d (eat 4 Brazil nuts a day)
Qi Gong for the Eyes:
Here’s a simple exercise to do to relieve stress and increase the vitality and blood flow to your eyes for any condition. Perform this simple technique 2-3 times a day, or more if you like, since so many of us spend our days staring at a computer screen. It is especially relaxing before you go to sleep: Rub your palms together for one minute or until they become quite warm – hot. Cup your eyes with your hands. Relax all the muscles that surround the eyeball and hold it in place. Imagine that you inhale (through your nose) warm, rosy light into your eyes and exhale it out your mouth. Last but not least, of course get your examinations regularly!
Are you suffering from the effects of glaucoma and looking for relief? We offer treatments and remedies from nutritional counseling to acupuncture that may help. Give us a call at (504) 522-9645 for more information, or fill out a form online.