What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease which damages the optic nerve in the eye. It is typically caused by a buildup of pressure (usually fluid) in the eye. The pressure on the nerve disrupts the transmission of images from the eye to the brain and causes progressive loss of vision. If nothing is done to relieve this pressure the damage can build up over time and vision loss can be full and permanent!
Although it is possible to develop glaucoma at any age, it’s generally seen in adults over 40 who have a family history of the disease and/or diabetes. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of vision” because of the way your vision progressively gets worse, often with NO other symptoms!
How is it Treated/Prevented?
We should start off by saying that it’s always important to be monitored by a specialised eye doctor if you have any of the risk factors above, especially if you are experiencing sudden headaches or any blurriness.
Glaucoma treatment typically comes in the form of eye drops, but there are some things you can change in your diet and lifestyle which will improve your eye health and could help or prevent glaucoma.
Should I be Eating Carrots?
Your parents always told you to “eat your carrots to improve your eyesight” and although carrots are great for your health and you should continue to eat them, they’re not super helpful for vision in any way.
Should I be Eating Greens?
Spinach and other leafy greens on the other hand contain high amounts of both lutein and zeaxanthin (antioxidants and nutrients found in high amounts in the eye). And leafy greens do include raw cannabis (read more about the benefits of raw cannabis here).
How About Fruit?
As with leafy greens, most fruits are loaded with antioxidants which can help your health as well. When choosing both fruits and vegetables, deep coloured options are often better – so lean towards dark berries, oranges, and peaches to get the full antioxidant and free radical effects for your health and sight.
Should I Drink Lots of Liquids?
While it is extremely important to stay hydrated it’s best to sip liquid throughout the day instead of drinking large amounts at one time – which can possibly lead to increased intraocular pressure.
Liquids that are recommended are water, milk and herbal teas. Anything overly sugary or caffeinated should be limited as these can lead to health issues such as higher blood pressure and flow – which is not ideal for the eyes!
What’s on the Horizon?
There is some exciting research happening with the use of marijuana for helping glaucoma. THC has proven to lower intraocular pressure – but studies are still being done. There is some speculation that eye drops or other topical medications containing THC could be in development to treat glaucoma in people wanting to avoid ingesting marijuana. We will keep you posted as we hear more!
How Can Gulf Island Organics Help Me?
At Gulf Island Organics we are more than just a marijuana dispensary – we want you to live your most extraordinary life and we truly believe medical marijuana is the answer to a lot of health issues and painful conditions. Please stop by our store or contact us to discuss your health concerns so we can help you find the treatment you need.