Diet for Glaucoma

While your diet alone will not help to cure glaucoma, it is certainly an important component in your healing regimen and it would help to make certain long term modifications to your diet:

  • The diet of an individual with glaucoma should be include plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts as these are good sources of nutrients and vitamins such as vitamins C, A, B complex and vitamin E which are known to be essential to maintain good eye health
  • Foods for glaucoma also include dark green leafy vegetables as well as carrots as they are known to lower the risk of glaucoma.
  • Once diagnosed with glaucoma, the individual should also avoid consuming coffee as the caffeine results in an elevation in the blood pressure which in turn increases the intraocular pressure in the eye.
  • Glaucoma patients should also avoid drinking large amounts of fluids at a time as doing so could cause a temporary increase in the intraocular pressure.
  • The diet for glaucoma should also include plenty of green tea as the antioxidants present in green tea tend to absorb the antioxidants that are present in the green tea.
  • Foods to avoid while suffering from glaucoma include tea, beer and tobacco as they cause a constriction in the blood vessels.

Frequently asked questions
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