Best Eye Vitamins for Glaucoma

Best Eye Vitamins for Glaucoma

As we get older, there is a myriad of diseases we have to worry about that could affect any area of our bodies. That’s why we go to the doctor, get regular lab work done, and pay attention to how our body is feeling. The same should go for our eyes, of course. As we age, we are more susceptible to conditions like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. One natural way to address all of these issues is to turn to dietary supplements. So, are there any eye vitamins for glaucoma we can add to our regimen?

Before we get into the specifics of supplementation, it’s important to understand one thing. 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.

There are a few types of glaucoma. 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.

Research now shows that there is another form of glaucoma out there: normal-tension glaucoma. This type of disease occurs at almost normal levels of intraocular eye pressure. This disease is difficult to detect, which is why it’s so important to know your family’s eye history and get your eyes checked often.

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 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.

Specific Vitamins for Glaucoma

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 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 while you are young. 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 from screen time, 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. Listening to your body is essential to taking care of it.  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! You may not be able to change factors like age and genetics when it comes to preventing glaucoma, but you can do a lot to prevent the disease when it comes to diet and daily habits.

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  1. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Olatunji atinuke Bunmi says:

    I have go through. Please what can l use for this glaucoma since 2016 l have been attending eyes clinic but still I am not ok.

  2. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Leslie Mitchell says:

    Peace and blessings! I’m 39 and have had high eye pressure at 20 for 3 years now, but have not been diagnosed with glaucoma thank God! I’ve been taking the ocuplus eye vitamins for about a month now (April 2019). I did research to find a natural remedy to lower the pressure. Hope this works! I go back to the eye doc in October. I will share if my pressure goes down.

  3. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Jo higham says:

    I have had Glaucoma over 10 yrs, it causes no problem 8 use Hanford once a day. I am 82 yrs.

  4. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen maria says:

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

  5. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen caring friend says:

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

  6. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.

  7. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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

  8. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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

  9. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.

  10. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Rosa says:

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

  11. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.

  12. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Gautam says:

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

  13. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

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

  14. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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!

  15. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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

  16. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.

  17. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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

  18. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.

  19. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.

  20. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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?

  21. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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.


  22. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen hakeem says:

    I am 45 just under went an eye operation in saudi 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

  23. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen 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. 

  24. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen mahbub says:

    how and where ? cost ? sure ?

  25. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Ramesh says:

    Hi sir pls go to Ayurveda treatment is good .

  26. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Mirvat says:

    Do the micropulse lazer to reduce your eye pressure

  27. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Try a different doctor. There are plenty other roads and medicine to take.

  28. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Duki says:

    For dry eyes you can use Bion Tears. They are presevative free.

  29. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Ask if you can be on Restasis. Also using Systane gel drops and nighttime gel can help. The other help is with heat compacts – moist hot washcloth or Thermalon will help

  30. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    I too have dry eyes from using eyedrops for my high-pressure -my doctor recommended preservative free eyedrops they come in individual vials. I use a brand called Systane, you can get it at any Walmart or drugstore. it says to throw the rest away after you open it and use a few drops but my doctor said you can use it again as long as you put the lid back on the vial and use it before the day is over.Best of luck to you dear.

  31. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Susan says:

    Hi just got diagnosed with narrow angle closure glaucoma only 60 scary crap
    Thank-you for sharing all virtual information.God bless still trying to wrap my head around this. This happened because of drug citalopram drug. Had l known this side effect l wouldn’t of touched that. Anyways thks for reading this. Take care

  32. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    laser helps but does not work forever. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all. it didn’t for me. I can help you get off one of two of your drops. Over time my drops, specifically Travatan caused corneal disease.

  33. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Nellie says:

    Hazel,If I were you,I would check with another eye Dr. I was using several eye drops prescribed by an eye Dr,and my condition was getting worse. I too was getting depressed.I kept telling the Dr that I thought I was allergic to one or all of the drops. I went to my family doctor and he referred me to another eye Dr.And the first thing the new doctor did was to take me off of all the drops. I too was being treated for glaucoma,but the new doctor told me I had a thinning of the cornea and sent me to a cornea specialist. I will keep nyou in my prayers. Blessings

  34. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen FLKB says:

    Keep changing your meds. I went through 3-4 different drops until I settled on Timolol.

  35. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    I am also 31 , diagnosed with gulcoma , not getting what to do now .

  36. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Cole says:

    Yes it maybe worth it my husband had laser surgery they poked hole in the back of the eye to drain the fluid that’s what keep your pressure high it build up lots of fluid.

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics (just like his brother) with the dream of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he joined 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 nearly two decades studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.


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