Prevention of Glaucoma

There are certain preventive steps that one can take for glaucoma and these include:

  • Regular eye checkups are required to ensure that glaucoma may be detected at an early stage itself so that any irreversible damage may be prevented from occurring. The frequency of the eye checkups should increase with advancing age.
  • Glaucoma can also be caused by any serious eye injury and hence it is essential to wear eye safety gear while working with power tools or playing with a high speed racket on an enclosed court.
  • Preventive care for glaucoma also includes maintaining a healthy blood pressure and weight as obesity and hypertension may result in insulin resistance which in turn may affect the intraocular pressure adversely.
  • To prevent glaucoma, you should also ensure that your diet is rich in plenty of nuts, seeds, fruits, whole grains, sweet potatoes, milk, liver, sardines, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.

Frequently asked questions
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