Glaucoma is an ailment of the eye which affects a large population of the world. There is no cure for glaucoma yet, only treatment options that can control and manage it. Though not all glaucoma patients face the ultimate fate of it, which is irreversible blindness. While there are many treatment options for this eye ailment, there are many things that you can do in your daily lives to reduce the risk of glaucoma.
The lifestyle changes that have taken place in the last few decades have also been a contributing factor towards many serious ailments, not just glaucoma. Foods that we eat, lack exercise, sleep and many other habits have also played a major role in the population getting diagnosed with different ailments.
It’s important that you consult a doctor the moment you start noticing any early symptoms of glaucomau. But you can also take it in your hands at an early stage with these few lifestyle changes which can help you reduce the chance of developing glaucoma and lead a better, healthier life.
Regular aerobic exercise like walking, running cycling, have shown to reduce the Intraocular pressure (IOP). Controlling and managing the IOP is the only form of glaucoma treatment that opthamologists have been able to provide till now. So this can easily be done with a little bit of regular exercise. The more you do aerobic exercise, the more your IOP will reduce. If you are regular with your exercise regime and are also taking eye drops for the glaucoma, you will have an additional benefit.
Note that exercises like weight lifting and yoga are different, they may increase the IOP, so always accompany yoga or weightlifting with some aerobic exercise.
- Intake of Water
It may be interesting to know that drinking too much water in too little time can cause a rise in your IOP. This goes for all kinds of liquids and beverages. Glaucoma patients should not have large volumes of liquids in a short duration.
Smoking is not associated with the definition of good health. It is a contributor to many ailments apart from cancer, and glaucoma is one of them. If you are a smoker, you are at a higher risk of getting glaucoma. So it’s important that glaucoma patients and even others, quit smoking for a healthier body.
- Drinking Alcohol
It is another interesting information that alcohol can initially reduce the IOP but if you consume alcohol on a daily basis, it will contribute to a rise in your IOP. It’s important to strike a balance in your drinking habits and moderation is a principle that should be followed in all habits.
- Control Cholesterol
Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level is important to control and manage glaucoma symptoms. For this, you must have a diet which is rich in omega 6 and omega 3 oils. Cholesterol can also be controlled with medication and use of cholesterol medication for more than 2 years has shown to reduce IOP. However, you must only take cholesterol medication if you are prescribed it by the doctor for lowering your high cholesterol. If you do not have high cholesterol you should just have a good diet so that it remains controlled.
Coffee or rather caffeine in your system is known to increase IOP, so you might want to lower the number of cups of coffee you gulp each day. Again, caffeine consumption should be in moderation, so if you can, try not to have more than 2 cups in a day.
A good lifestyle comprising of good eating habits, exercise regime, sleep routine etc. can keep your body quite healthy and away from medications. It’s important to give your body what it needs in the most natural form, instead of depending on the education, until absolutely necessary. If you can incorporate these lifestyle habits, then you can be sure, your glaucoma can be controlled and managed.