Glaucoma is a very common disease that is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. Early treatment is important – although there is no cure, there are a few different treatment options available. And it’s also important to take care of yourself if you have glaucoma, and that includes avoiding certain foods.
What is glaucoma?
A healthy eye has fluid that is constantly leaving the eye; in glaucoma, the fluid remains in the eye and causes pressure to build. Over time, this pressure damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma can cause severe headaches, nausea, and problems with vision, and, in very serious cases, blindness.
If you are over 60, have a family history of glaucoma, have had an eye injury, are extremely nearsighted or farsighted, have had a certain type of eye surgery, or you have a medical condition (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes), your risk of getting glaucoma is increased.
How is glaucoma treated?
The treatments for glaucoma vary. Depending on how serious it is, it may be as simple as using eye drops every day or taking medication, or your doctor may advise you to have a minimally invasive surgery or laser surgery.
What foods should I avoid?
You know that what you eat can affect you in all sorts of ways, both mentally and physically. And studies have shown that certain foods and beverages can make glaucoma worse, such as:
• Foods with saturated fats, which can be found in fatty cuts of red meat
• Coffee, which can lead to increased pressure in the eyes
• Trans-fatty acids, which can be found in fried foods and in packaged foods, such as cookies. These acids can increase cholesterol, which can damage blood vessels in the eyes.
• Complex carbohydrates, found in bread, pasta, and potatoes. Complex carbohydrates increase insulin levels and cause weight gain, which can damage the small blood vessels in the eyes.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, make sure that you take care of yourself, and make an appointment at Richens Eye Center in St. George, UT, or Mesquite, NV. Call (435) 986-2020 today!