Written by on March 16th, 2017

 

Glaucoma is one of the most common eye-related issues in the nation. The condition is known to cause significant optic nerve damage, which worsens over time. Glaucoma, believe it or not, tends to be inherited and may not reveal itself until later in life. The buildup of pressure in your eye is the first sign, though.

Symptoms

The majority of patients suffering from glaucoma never exhibit any symptoms early on. The first noticeable sign is a loss of peripheral vision, which may go unnoticed until the later stages of the eye disease. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief” for vision.

If you do experience symptoms, they are as follows:

  • Seeing halos near light
  • Vision loss
  • Redness
  • Hazy appearance
  • Nausea
  • Eye pain
  • Tunnel vision

Causes

The single most common cause of glaucoma is hereditary. The eye disease is passed down through family generations. If this is the case, it is only a matter of time before symptoms begin to present themselves – vision loss is a possibility.

Alternatively, poor blood flow and optic nerve damage are the next leading causes of glaucoma in patients. Though the exact cause of normal-tension glaucoma is still unknown, many doctors believe decreased blood flow may be a main factor. It is hard to say, though.

Natural Treatment Options

If you would like natural treatment options to help prevent glaucoma in the later stages of life, considering altering your diet. A diet high in carotenoids, including orange and yellow vegetables, has been known to help. Alternatively, fresh fruit, vegetables, wild-caught fish, and avoiding alcohol, sugar, and caffeine have all been known to reduce the risk for glaucoma.

Contact Us

If you suffer from glaucoma symptoms or are worried they may appear, contact Yes Eye Specialists by calling 954-452-6889. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have!