Natural Ways to Bring Down Eye Pressure

If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma or high pressure in your eyes, you’re not alone; glaucoma is, unfortunately, a very common eye disease that affects the aging population.

Untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness (it is, in fact, the second leading cause of worldwide blindness).

It’s a condition that must be taken seriously as it is progressive and worsens with age. Even if you haven’t yet been diagnosed with glaucoma, you should take the time to learn more about glaucoma if you are diabetic, have a family history of glaucoma or have pre-existing vision problems.

Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks With Your Eye Sight!

As we age, we expect to have some difficulty with our vision. Many people don’t realize that the problems they are having with their vision are not simply a normal result of aging. Glaucoma can sneak up on people because some of the symptoms are difficult to spot. Even people who have never had a vision problem should begin to have regular eye exams after age 40. Make sure that you tell your eye doctor all the changes you may have noticed in your vision. They can only help if they know there is a problem.

There are a few steps you can take on your own to improve or prevent glaucoma if you are diagnosed with it.

What is Glaucoma?

Natural Ways to Bring Down Eye PressureFirst things first: what causes Glaucoma?

Just like we can have high blood pressure, we can have high eye pressure. Glaucoma is usually caused by elevated or high intraocular eye pressure. This high amount of pressure damages the optic nerves and leads to the main symptoms, such as a loss of peripheral vision, of glaucoma.

Folks most at risk for developing glaucoma include:

  1. People who are over the age of 40: As we age our eyes age as well glaucoma is most often diagnosed in people over the age of 40.

  2. People who have a family history of glaucoma: As with many other illnesses, if members of your immediate family suffer from glaucoma, there is a higher chance that you may also be at risk.

  3. Diabetics.

  4. People who already suffer from nearsightedness or farsightedness: Existing vision problems can weaken the eyes making it more likely that you will have problems with glaucoma as you age.

A very common symptom of glaucoma, one that often goes unrecognized at first, is a loss of peripheral vision (this can be dangerous when driving). Blurred vision, seeing halos, eye pain and headaches are also symptoms although they do vary from person to person.

It’s always wise to seek out medical counsel when you’re experiencing any new health issue. Talk to your eye doctor before starting any new treatments.

What Can You Do About Glaucoma?

Now that we know what causes glaucoma, what can we do about it? Although some of the risk factors above are unavoidable, it is possible to reduce your eye pressure naturally. These are simple, common sense, suggestions that can make a big difference in the way your eyes age.

The first step on the path to lowering your eye pressure naturally is to lower your insulin levels. Insulin can cause your eye pressure to increase so it’s wise to avoid sugary and carbohydrate-heavy foods such as sodas, starches, sweets and breads. A change in your diet can make a big difference in, not only your eye health, but your overall health as well. Isn’t it worth giving up some of the foods you love in order to protect your vision?

Because exercise can help you lower your eye pressure, it’s a good idea to start incorporating some low-impact exercise into your daily routine. Go for a walk, take a swim or hop on your bike and do your eyes, and your heart, a good deed!If you don’t have the time or a safe place to walk, consider a treadmill machine either in your home or the local gym. Walking in the fresh air is of course the best option but it is not always possible for everyone.

Just as you reduce stress to reduce your blood pressure, you should try reducing stress in order to reduce your eye pressure as elevated levels of stress have been linked with elevated eye pressure. Physicians report that stress is a rising concern for people in all types of jobs. People fight stress in many different ways. Some proven methods are deep breathing exercises, yoga, walking, or even spending time with your family. Find the stress reliever that works the best with your lifestyle.

Finally, eat a healthy diet! Nutrients like vitamins C, E and A, as well as fatty acids and minerals, can all help to protect your important optic nerve. Cutting back on sugars and carbohydrates is a good beginning but there are actually foods that can help your eyes to function better. Many of the vitamins and minerals that your eyes need can be found in a well balanced diet. Diets that are high in leafy green vegetables are recommended because of the vitamins they contain.

Many of us  struggle with maintaining a healthy diet. If your daily life is too hectic to allow for well balanced meals or if you just don’t know how to prepare the food you should be eating, you may want to consider purchasing vitamins for eye health that will supplement your eyes’ nutrition needs!

These simple lifestyle changes can really help you reduce your eye pressure. Remember that when you take care of your body, you reap the benefits tenfold! Many of the things that your physician has been telling you to do for your overall health are probably similar to our suggestions. After all your eyes are an important part of your body, it makes sense that what is good for your body would also be good for your eyes.

Take the time to take care of your eyes! Don’t miss seeing what the future holds.

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About Orlin Sorensen

My vision started to get blurry as a young teenager. Soon I was wearing glasses for just about everything. This was a hard blow for me because I had always dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy fighter pilot which required perfect vision without glasses or surgery. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams, so I looked into every possible alternative which led me to eye exercises. Through daily vision training and eye exercises, I improved my vision from 20/85 to 20/20 and passed the Navy's visual acuity test. In fact Men's Health declared this one of the "Greatest Comebacks of All Time!" Now, I'm sharing exactly how I did it with the program that helped me so people like you can improve your vision safely and naturally, without glasses, contacts or laser surgery.

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  1. chisom #

    thank you for sharing this knowledge with us. i have a brother who’s eye pressure refuse to go down , it presently is at 41mmhg. now i know how to help him. thanks.

  2. Possum #

    Chisom, did your brother manage to get his eye pressure down! If so how?

    • Richard #

      We are desperately seeking natural ways to lower eye pressure. Did your brother manage to get his eye pressure down! If so how?

  3. martino #

    son who is 4yrs old having high eye pressure how to reduce by natural treatment or any eye exercise,

  4. Mark #

    My eye pressure is 20 in the left eye and 22 in the right eye. I am very nearsighted. I’m a 53 year old. My doctor suggested a Beta Blocker called Timolol. I’m not on any drugs and sure don’t want to start a drug that I’ll probably been on for life. I’ve had my eye pressure checked for many years and I’ve always been high……usually the upper teens. What’s your opinion on my numbers and the idea of Timolol? Thanks.

    • Elmir #

      If there is no change on your optical nerve, then there is no need to begin a therapy with these numbers. But you should check regularly.

    • Barb #

      Mark, I was on Timolol and with 2 weeks I lost a significant amount of hair on the top of my head. I found out that one of the severest side effects of Timolol is extreme hair loss. Timolol, however did bring my eye pressure.

  5. AMU #

    First I want to thank you for sharing your success story so others may benefit. My numbers are in he high 30s in the left eye and high 40s in the right eye. I have been on Timolol, Xalatan, Aphagan, Lanataprost and host of other eye drops but the pressures keep on increasing steadily. The doctor strongly recommended glaucoma surgery, but I fought to prevent the surgery because at the time my vision was crystal clear, however, I gave in when the doctor threatened that I would be blind if I did not have the procedure done. Least to say that taking the doctor’s advice was the biggest mistake of my life, because the pressure sent from between 17 to 19, in the left and right eye respectively before the surgery to low five, after surgery but only for about three weeks and then the pressures started rising steadily to the high 30s within one month post surgery. Not only did the pressure increase drastically, but the sort of eye pain I had never ever in the least experienced in spite of the existing mid teens pressures, ensued approximately five months after the the surgery, and continued for over four years now, and I am rapidly losing my eye sight. Over a year and a half ago, the doctors again strongly recommended additional surgery to correct the first and the same for the eye that has not yet undergone glaucoma surgery, but I have remained undecided because I have lost my trust. Now the pressures in both eyes is between 45 and 50 respectively. I believe that there is something out that would reverse the advanced stage problem in my eyes. Thank you.

    • Anonymous #

      i think your doctor did not do a good job. i have had glucoma surgery in the last 3 years and the pressure on both eyes have come down to 6 and 10.
      contact me and i will pass the details of my doctor to you . i recommended him any day.

      • Anonymous #

        6 is way too low!

      • Senol canlier #

        Hi just read what you wrote i went to moorfield yesterday my pressure was 17 in both eyes, getting really worried now im on eye drops going back in 4 months. Can stess make it worse? Also whos your doktor really dont want to loose my eysight.

    • LC #

      Dr. Douglas James Cottrell has YouTube videos and personalized health readings on how to correct health challenges. Maybe he is worth checking out. He helped me with a health readings before.

    • Anonymous #

      I have had 3 surgeries, I have 2 tube in the left eye. Now he wants me to hv tube put in the right eye. I don’t think I can take it the right eye pressure is 32. Left eye 19. Someone told me I need to smoke marjianna. But I don’t do drugs, but it is a thought. Lol.

  6. Healthy88 #

    Try vitamin C 1500mg.

  7. JESSE BURNS #

    HELLO:
    As a person with Glaucoma, the information given is very valuable to me, and I thank you so much for it. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  8. Al #

    Hey, I’m 24 and I was just diagnosed with glaucoma yesterday, the eye pressure on my left eye was 60 mm hg, all i remember is a horrible pain around that eye, something i’d never experienced before in my life. I feel fine now, but i can’t yet cope with fact that this condition is going to be a big part of my life. Thanks for sharing this information, I suppose it’s time to adjust my diet a little bit.

  9. Mark #

    Follow up on my previous comments. I didn’t take the timolol, instead tried lowering my blood pressure, hoping it would lower my eye pressure. I gave up alcohol and changed my diet (fish 3 times a week). I started to take Lutein and Occuvite. I went for a second opinion. My eye pressure has gone from 20 and 22 to 17 and 19. My blood pressure went from 142/85 to 115/75. I will continue on my diet and go for regular check ups.

  10. PK BANDOPADHYAY #

    My eye pressure is 28 in the left eye and 26 in the right eye. I am very nervous. I’m a 56 year old. I am not suffering diabetic and high blood pressure. Only eye pressure. Kindly help me what the method of reduce eye pressure, like food, exercise etc.

    • Mark #

      If you drink alcohol cut back to 1 -2 drinks a day. Eat a high protein diet consisting of lean meat and fish and vege’s. Cut out the carbs. Take Vitamin C 1,000-2,000mg a day. Try Lutein and Occuvite. This worked for me. I hope it works for you. Keep us posted.

  11. Daniel #

    Interesting reading these comments. There is no glaucoma in my ancestry and I developed it in one eye after multiple cataract surgeries. It has been a full year since the last surgery and the pressure was stable until last month. A doctor said that a pressure reading of 22 in the left eye was too high and he put me on medication. The eye drops caused a dreadful allergic reaction that has taken a month to be cured. Today the pressure was 18 and I am now thinking the doctor was far too hasty to put me on a drug with such awful side effects.

    Also, the same doctor told me that alcohol would REDUCE eye pressure. Sounds like the consensus here is that it does the opposite. What’s the facts on alcohol and eye pressure?

    • Mark #

      A doctor who says alcohol would reduce eye pressure?? Time for a new eye doctor. Alcohol will increase your blood pressure which in turn increases your eye pressure. I used to drink 6 drinks a day and my blood pressure was 142/85 and my eye pressure was 22 and 21.. I now cut back to 1 or 2 drinks a day and my blood pressure is averaging 115/75 and my eye pressure is 19 and 17. At 22 my eye doctor recommended Timolol (a beta blocker). I didn’t take it and instead opted for a new eye doctor. I think I made the right choice.

  12. rush patel #

    well I am so up set with my eye doctor as 3 years back I went for regular eye checkup & doctor said I have just beginning of glaucoma only 5% is damaged & he was giving me sample from his office of LUMIGAN & did for 2.5 years still says I am still 5% but I decided to go to eye doctor of GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST ONLY & dropped him so new doctor said I am 30% damaged now pressure was 21 to 25 so specialist put me on TIMOLOL 2 TIMES A DAY TIME & LATAMOPROST AT NIGHT TIME so now I will go to DR in 2 months but I come to find out that the doctor whom was going for 2.5 yrs was child pediatric eye dr so I wished he should have guided to go to glaucoma specialist so please any one diagnose with glaucoma please look for that specialist doctor immediately
    this is my request to every one it makes big difference to go to GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST ONLY

  13. JESSE BURNS #

    HELLO:
    AS a person with Glaucoma, I’have a burning-like sensation in the eyes, even though I’m on Metipranolol, Alphaghan Azopt Latanoprost and Acetazolamide. And even though I’m on all of these, the Opthomologist says that my number is in the high20’s. And that he he would like to see it (my pressure) at 13. He even suggested surgery. He says that he won’t try and force me, that the decision is up to me. Well, I don’t want to do it. Is there another alternative to risky surgery? I NEED HELP!!

  14. kash #

    I thank God and u guys for your comments
    I was also put on timolol but sought for a second opinion and am getting better.thanks once again

    • bjd #

      please i want to know what the second opinion told you to do that is making you get better and please give the before – after and now results
      please – thank you – GOD BLESS t

    • Richard #

      please i want to know what the second opinion told you to do that is making you get better and please give the before – after and now results
      please – thank you – GOD BLESS

  15. Amitava Biswas #

    Can palming help to reduce eye pressure??

  16. gloria kern #

    Just started taking lumogen

  17. Deb #

    I have glaucoma, I was diagnosed at 41 and am now 48. I had surgery 3 years ago on my left eye as the pressures were at around 23 in both eyes. Now, after going from a pressure of 4 immediately after the surgery, my left eye is steady at 14 but my right is at 23 still adn I’m desperate not to have surgery in that eye too as it means a month off work and Im self employed! I take Brimonadine and Brinzolomide (I think one is called Azopt) twice daily and take Travaprost only in the evening. The medication over the last 8 years had exacerbated my asthma and rosacea and has all sorts of implications for long term use so thank you so much for posting this information.. I will certainly give it a try in an effort to get off these drugs and prevent further surgery!!

  18. Anonymous #

    I am a 35 year old female with Type 1 diabetes and have recently discovered that my eye pressures were in the mid to top 20’s. I was put on medicated drops (Timolol to mention just one out of quite a few) which made my eyes sting and I found I could no longer wear my soft contact lenses due to the preservatives. I looked online for more natural ways to lower the pressure and came across a herb called Coleus Forskohlii Root (also known as Forskolin). I know it was naughty of me but I stopped taking the eye drops the doctor had me on a few months ago and started taking Forskolin in tablet form (the drops taste horid!). I am also taking Solgar Omega 3 tablets (NOT cod liver oil as it contains large amounts of Vitamin A and you shouldn’t take too much of this). When I went to have my pressures checked again they had come down more than they ever did on ANY of the eye drops I tried (and I’ve tried a few!). So I take one Forskolin tablet every other day (they have quite bad laxative effects which is why I can’t take them everyday!) and Omega 3 daily and am NEVER taking eye drops again!! :-)

    • Richard #

      Did you stop taking your eye drops right away? I don’t see my doctor for two months and I am afraid if start taking the Forskolin I may get a spike in pressure.

  19. Ron #

    I appreciate all the comments. My glaucoma was caused by taking large doses of Xanax while caring for my dieing father. He died, and now I deal with glaucoma. Pressure was at 30. Large doses of vitamin C brought it down to 27. The doc put me on Latanoprost, one drop daily before bedtime. That brought the pressure down to 19. The doc added 2 drops of Dorzolamide/Timolol daily in addition to the Latanoprost. The two medications together have brought the pressure down to 13. I think it’s important to take the meds exactly as directed. Latanoprost at 10:30 pm daily. The Dorzolamide at 8:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. My pressure of 13 has been holding for 3 years now. So I say the meds, if taken systematically have saved my sight. I also fixed my diet. No more junk food. I hope this info helps someone.

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