An Introduction To Alternative Glaucoma Treatments

If you want to be proactive about treating your glaucoma, but your doctor feels it hasn’t progressed enough to warrant traditional medical treatments, you may be interested in these alternative glaucoma treatments.

Homeopathic Glaucoma Remedies

People who support homeopathic medicine believe the presence of symptoms in the body represents the body’s effort to attack an invading disease or virus.
Many people have begun treating glaucoma homeopathically, with the aid of certain herbs and minerals, including:

  • Bilberry: An extract from the European blueberry, this is an antioxidant substance thought to promote eye health by strengthening the capillary walls within the eye.
  • Coleus Forskohlii: An extract of a mint plant, several studies have shown it to reduce eye pressure when taken orally.
  • Magnesium: This mineral has been shown to improve retinal circulation in some cases
  • Vitamin B-12: This vitamin protects the myelin sheath around the optic nerve, and is thought to help prevent vision loss related to glaucoma.

Other natural substances thought to aid against glaucoma include antioxidants like vitamins C and E and beta carotene.
Homeopathic remedies haven’t been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, and no concrete evidence exists to support their effective use against glaucoma.

Well-Balanced Nutrition and Fitness

If you’re currently living with glaucoma, assess your current diet and fitness regime. Practicing good nutrition will help your body to function at an optimal level through the acquisition of essential vitamins and minerals.
Recent studies have shown that regular physical exercise can reduce eye pressure, and can also reduce the risk of other conditions associated with glaucoma, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The recommended amount is at least 30 minutes, three times per week (Glaucoma Research Foundation, 2011).
Exercise will not be effective against certain kinds of glaucoma, such as acute or angle-closure glaucoma. Additionally, types of exercise that involve repeated head-down positions (such as headstands or certain inverted yoga positions) can actually increase intraocular eye pressure.

Marijuana as a Treatment to Glaucoma

Rumors of marijuana’s usefulness in treating glaucoma have been circulating since the 1970s, but long-term studies reveal that this illicit substance has no effect in halting the progression of glaucoma in patients.
Smoking marijuana does decrease the level of intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with or without glaucoma, but these effects are temporary and don’t actually affect the condition.
If you’re surprised to learn that marijuana does not cure glaucoma, you may be interested in reading the truth about other common myths surrounding glaucoma.