Changes in life-style for glaucoma treatment

  • A healthy body is good for a healthy eye, but there is no strong evidence of any life-style changes specifically aimed to improve glaucoma control/prevention.
  • Consumption of food rich in Antioxidants (green leafy vegetables, salads) is good for the body in general.
  • There is some evidence that wearing a tight neck tie may elevate the eye pressure.
  • Drinking large amounts of any liquid within a very short time can also increase eye pressure. Patients with glaucoma may drink plenty of fluids (healthy habit), but they should drink them in normal amounts over the course of a day.
  • All systemic diseases like diabetes and hypertension should be well controlled in consultation with a qualified physician.
  • Patients who are on anti-hypertensive should not have a very low blood pressure, as low blood pressure may be harmful for glaucoma.
  • Glaucoma patients can do all physical exercise (particularly aerobic exercise), which may protect against glaucoma. Yoga is acceptable but one should avoid exercises with head down postures like shirshasana/sarvangasana (yoga positions) as these can cause an increase in Intraocular pressure.
  • Meditation and relaxation exercises can help reduce the stress and anxiety in glaucoma patients and their caregivers.
  • Quit smoking is good for the body in general.

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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