Best Eye Vitamins for Glaucoma

Best Eye Vitamins for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that needs to be diagnosed by an eye care specialist. But, even though the eye doctor can recommend several treatment options to help those suffering from glaucoma, you can also take steps on your own to treat (or better yet, prevent) glaucoma.

For such a common but devastating problem, it’s good to know that there are natural vision improvement options out there to save your vision!

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the largest cause of blindness worldwide. High pressure inside the eye is usually what causes glaucoma, but the condition also includes damage to the optical nerves, which if significant, results in blindness.

The most common form of glaucoma is known as primary open-angle glaucoma; unfortunately, there are no signs of this disease until it is in advanced stages. The only symptom is gradual vision loss, which can occur without glaucoma being a factor.

A second type of glaucoma, known as acute angle closure glaucoma, is more aggressive and will progress more rapidly. Symptoms associated with this type of glaucoma include nausea, eye pain, redness, blurred vision, and colored rings around lights. This type of glaucoma is actually an emergency situation, so do not hesitate to go to the hospital.

Glaucoma is most common in people over 40, however people of any age can develop the disease. The only real way to find out if you have glaucoma is to have regular eye exams. By having yearly exams, doctors can catch glaucoma before it has a chance to progress further.

Those at a higher risk for glaucoma include individuals over the age of 60, African Americans, people with a family history of glaucoma, those who have suffered an injury to the eye, and people with other certain medical conditions.

Vitamins for Preventing and Treating Glaucoma

Best Eye Vitamins for GlaucomaWhen trying to prevent or treat glaucoma, it is really important to get enough antioxidants. For example, you will want to make sure you are getting enough vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc. All of these nutrients function as antioxidants.

Generally speaking, a great source of antioxidants in general is green tea. Green tea is very good for you, and the added benefit of the antioxidants will help you if you are interested in preventing glaucoma or if you are trying to manage it. Look for green teas that do not have other flavors added in, as these are the purer types of tea.

Vitamin C is probably one of the easiest vitamins to get. Additionally, vitamin C is water soluble, which means that you cannot get too much of it. Your body will simply pass the excess vitamin C that it does not need. You can get vitamin C from supplements, tasty candy drops, and foods such as spinach and oranges. You can also eat other types of fruit such as guava and vegetables such as kale.

Vitamin A is also fairly easy to come by. Add plenty of sweet potatoes, eggs, broccoli, cheese, grapefruit, and greens to your diet, and you are good to go on vitamin A! If you do not like fruits and vegetables or simply cannot get enough in your normal diet, consider taking a supplement. Be sure to consult your doctor first before starting a supplement!

You can find zinc in lean meat, eggs, green leafy vegetables, peanuts, whole grain products, and oysters. Many of the foods that have these essential vitamins for eye health overlap with one another. So, it’s important to plan out a healthy diet and stick to it. This will help ensure you are meeting your daily recommendations on all of these nutrients!

Remember, all vitamins should be taken in their recommended amounts. It is always best to get your nutrients from natural sources, but if you must take supplements, be careful! It is entirely possible to overdose on vitamins, so be sure you are taking the right dosage for your age and gender.

Other Options to Help Prevent Glaucoma

While glaucoma is a serious disease, you can use the vitamins described above to supplement your treatment, or to simply help prevent glaucoma. In addition to these vitamins, you should check out our 17 recommended vitamins, herbs, and minerals for healthy eyes.

Remember that it is always important to take very good care of your eyes. Eat right, limit time in front of computers and televisions, take breaks when working on computers, and take your vitamins!

It is also important to protect your eyes from the sun and to rest them properly when you feel eye strain coming on. Your eye health is your responsibility, so even if you suffer from a severe condition like glaucoma, take charge and work to better your vision!

About the Author

Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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33 responses to “Best Eye Vitamins for Glaucoma”

  1. Ruth Welch says:

    I have glaucoma and am hoping to find something to help keep my eyesight. My pressures were 16 a week ago.  Cataracts are not a big issue yet although I have trouble reading fine print.  I am 82 and very active. 

  2. hakeem says:

    I am 45 just under went an eye operation in saudi arabia.it was retina detachment now it’s two weeks i have the doctor today 22dec2014.he my presoure is high n had given eye drops. Can i also do the natural way to reduse the pressoure. Please advise thanks regards hakeem

  3. sandeep R says:

    I have eye sight problem due to high pressure in both the eyes. These days pressure is above 20 every day in both the eyes. I am 35 years. and using Travatan and Combigan medicines in both the eyes . My vision in right eye is very low so only one eye is working . If I dont use both the medicines then my pressure will be above 35 …. so How long my eyes can be survived. on medicines. what are other ways to cure my left eye which is only working. now.

    thanks

  4. laura says:

    I am 47 years I had a surgery for glaucoma on 2003. I am using the eye drop for controlling high pressure. These days my eyes getting dry and sometimes red.So I am asking which eye drop can I use it for my dry eyes?

  5. Hazel says:

    the pressure in both my eyes is low, 9 to be exact. The doctor is treating me for glaucoma because of enlarge optic nerve. So far he has prescribed three different eye drops that I am allergic to. My eyes hurt and I am depressed. Can someone help me please.

  6. Alice Bronstein says:

    Hi Hazel,
    You need to see another ophthalmologist IMMEDIATELY. Try to find the best you can. You shouldn’t continue a treatment that is making you sick, you shouldn’t insist on taking medicine you are allergic to. Your glaucoma diagnostic should be reviewed. Blessings.

  7. Louise says:

    I’ve had so many eye surgeries and using three types of drops and my eye is still high in both eyes are the surgeries worth it and what is the purpose for the surgeries and I’m still having problems I just don’t understand but I know I have to trust God

  8. rahimi abdullah says:

    I have glucoma stage 1 on right eye dr says..dr give eye drop for droping both eyes 2 daily timo comod 0.5 % to control having glocuma.istead of its what vitamin should i take to prevent from getting glocuma.thaknyou.

  9. Destiny says:

    Am just 22 and I started having this Glaucoma, can’t see with my right eye where I have it, have used many eye drop but to no avil and the doctor says that the next step is to operate on the eye. I need prayers and I pray that all this vitamins will help me

  10. IQBAL AWAN says:

    Good symathetic simple site indeed.Vitamins & Antioxidants do help in slowing the advancement of the Glaucoma damages.All Dears above are requested to take care of their eyes along with proper vitamins & Antioxidants;in addition to the procedures recommended by their family eye Specialists!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have glaucoma but want to use a vitimain. with this

  12. Gautam says:

    I don’t no but think chancha to I have a glukoma. My eyes color Braun

  13. Tom D says:

    Large quantities of Vitamin C reduce pressure. Used in Europe as a common therapy, I take between 3 and 10 grams a day with no side effects. Also take lutein, bilberry, pine bark extract, grapeseed extract and get a lot of exercise. Had 4 SLT laser treatments 6 years ago – no more of that crap every 6 months for me. Almost $2,000 for a 45 second treatment. If you research the supplements I’ve listed you’ll find they can help. Get high quality supplements like Puritan’s Pride or something as good. Hope this helps some people out there.

  14. Rosa says:

    Yes indeed. I take as many nutrients for my eyes as I can. I know they work. Thanks Tom

  15. Anita says:

    I have glaucoma, had 3 surgeries (my pressure is 26) is not getting better , my new medicine is Methazolamide 50 mg (a lot of side effects) my question is, is 26 is to high.

  16. Shanti Singh Ramroop says:

    Hi i hav high eye pressure in one eye the other one is goid eye dr says its glaucoma and laser and eye surgery is needed to helpbut it wil not bring back lost vision help please so confused i need to try vitamin

  17. Debbie trump says:

    My mom has the same problem with all the eye drops. They make her very sick. In the ER 3 times. No doctor believed her when she said it was an allergic reaction. Finally I had to look up the side effects and show it to them. She had a laser surgery that worked for a while. Now they got her on drops again and she is sick everyday. She would rather go blind in one eye than be sick everyday. She’s 83

  18. Doris Anderson says:

    Have had high eye pressure level for about three years now the say have glaucoma have me on eye drops but can this be reversed with vitamins.All these years and maybe my eyes would have gotten better,Kept telling me dry eye more drops till now.

  19. caring friend says:

    you all may want to check out Lutein and zeaxanthin for healthy eyes

  20. maria says:

    My mom is 83 she as glocoma in her eyes 1 eye blind the other one dark what can I do

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