Glaucoma awareness month : Most scariest thing of all eye problems is Glaucoma. If taken minimum care it can be reversed, if neglected one can loose complete vision, hence to create an awareness regarding the disease which effects millions of people every year, January is the month dedicated to create awareness on Glaucoma.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name for a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve and can cause irreversible vision loss. It’s typically caused when the pressure inside of the eye gets high.
However, few people have damage from glaucoma even with normal eye pressures. Along with high eye pressure, one is at risk for glaucoma as you get older, if you have a family history of glaucoma, use steroids or have experienced eye trauma, such as injury or severe infection. Even children can develop glaucoma, but it’s more common in adults.
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For any reversal or prevention of vision damage, early detection is extremely important. It’s important to take care of your eyes and protect your sight. An ophthalmologist can check for glaucoma and other eye disorders and vision problems.
As with other health issues, good nutrition can make a difference for your eyes, the foundation notes. Fruits and veggies are good sources of vitamins A and C, as well as the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These can protect against oxidative stress associated with damage to the optic nerve and other tissues of the eye in glaucoma. A study that included 584 Black women found that those who consumed three or more fruit or juice servings daily were 79% less likely to have glaucoma than those who had less than one.
Leafy greens are one of those veggies to focus on. Research has found a link between kale and spinach consumption and a reduced risk of glaucoma, the foundation said. Eating leafy greens is also linked to lower rates of inflammation, cancer, heart disease and even the eye disorder macular degeneration.