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World Glaucoma Week 2022: 5 Tips for Preventing Glaucoma Naturally

World Glaucoma Week 2022 will be celebrated from March 6-12

You can prevent glaucoma with the help of natural remedies

Go for regular eye check-ups to heal glaucoma naturally

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Bajaj Finserv Health
March 9th, 2022
9 mins read

World Glaucoma Week is a global initiative to spread awareness about what glaucoma is and to encourage people to do regular eye check-ups for its early detection. It is observed every year between March 6-12. Glaucoma is a group of problems affecting your eyes that can leave you blind for life. Here, the nerve that connects the brain and the eye gets damaged, usually due to high pressure on the eyes. A few symptoms of this condition include [1]: 

  • Migraine headaches
  • Eye pressure or pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Blurred or narrowed vision
  • Blind spots
  • Redness in the eyes 

World Glaucoma Week also focuses on spreading awareness about the importance of regular eye check-ups. With this initiative, your vision can be saved. Remember, damage once caused cannot be reversed, so it is important to know how to prevent glaucoma naturally. To prevent glaucoma, natural remedies are preferred for their easy availability. Just like home remedies to control sugar, using simple glaucoma natural remedies can help you prevent vision loss too. Read on to understand the 6 natural and effective ways to prevent glaucoma. 

Additional Read: Know About Migraine Headaches

1. Use eye protection 

Eye injuries are one of the major causes of this condition. Always make sure to use eyewear that can help protect your eyes, especially while playing sports or performing dangerous activities. Although eye injuries do not always cause blindness but they may lead to secondary or traumatic glaucoma in the future. Protecting your eyes from injuries is the best preventive measure you can take on this World Glaucoma Week.

Go for regular eye check-ups and use eye drops prescribed by your doctor. Make sure that you don’t feel high pressure on your eyes, especially while working on devices. Take frequent breaks and keep blinking your eyes to reduce this pressure. This is one of the simplest glaucoma prevention treatment methods you can try at home!

Use eye protection 

2. Keep yourself hydrated 

If you are wondering how to stop glaucoma, make sure you drink enough water. Adequate fluid intake prevents dehydration that helps treat many health conditions. If you do not consume enough water, it tends to increase the pressure in your eyes [2]. Dehydration can lead to eye problems like:

  • Redness in the eyes 
  • Eye pain
  • Increase in eye pressure
  • Vision distortion

Drink at least 3 liters of water everyday which equals to about 7-10 glasses of water. Coconut water, green tea or fruit juices are also healthy options to keep yourself sufficiently hydrated.

3. Consume a healthy and nutritious diet 

Eating a healthy and nutritious diet is an effective preventive measure for many health conditions. There are endless benefits of eating green leafy vegetables and fruits which are filled with antioxidants. These foods contain essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals that boost your vision. The following are some of the most beneficial nutrients and vitamins for eye health. 

Taking a wholesome diet not only maintains your eye health but also helps you fight diseases. Though diet does not directly prevent glaucoma but it does prevent the condition from getting worse.

Glaucoma causes

4. Exercise regularly 

Make daily workouts a part of your lifestyle. It helps reduce pressure on your eyes in case of open angle glaucoma, a particular type of glaucoma. Take guidance from a doctor for creating an appropriate exercise routine for eyes particularly to ease your glaucoma symptoms. Make sure not to perform head tilts or extremely intense workouts as they can build up pressure in your eyes. Here are a few exercises you can try. 

  • Brisk walking 
  • Interval running
  • Cycling
  • Light aerobic exercises 

5. Meditate and perform yoga 

One of the major causes of glaucoma is high eye pressure, which can worsen with stress. Practicing yoga and meditation helps you deal with stress and anxiety. One such asana is yoga nidra. Yoga nidra benefits your body by improving your thought process and reducing stress. Different types of yoga asanas help in strengthening your eye health and keeping your body healthy. Research has also shown links between mindfulness meditation and glaucoma [3]. This kind of meditation helps in: 

  • Reducing eye pressure 
  • Enhancing blood flow to the brain 
  • Reversing damage to the nerves that have control over the involuntary body functions 
  • Helping balance the body’s ability to detoxify 
  • Preventing conditions that hamper the viability of the cell
  • Decreasing inflammation in the body  

Additional Read: Beginner’s Guide To Meditation

Maintaining your eye health is as important as taking care of your overall health. Practicing these natural remedies on World Glaucoma Week and boost your vision. However, it is always advisable to consult a doctor if you face problems with your vision. Do connect to top ophthalmologists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book a teleconsultation or an online doctor consultation and address your symptoms without delay.

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