18.1.09

Eye-Blinding Disease

I have open-angle glaucoma in my left-eye. Glaucoma is a silent eye-blinding disease that is hereditary. Thank God it was discovered in a followup check-up after a lasik treatment for the other eye. (And thank God for giving me two eyes!)

Briefly, glaucoma has to do with the dying of optic nerves behind the eyes when internal pressure builds up because it can't drain off fluid normally. You can read it here in details: Glaucoma

My left eye has lost about 10% of its vision. Treatment involves the application of eye-drops. I always feel like I can't see too well and something is blocking my sight, and feel the need to rub my eye. I think I have to get use to this imperfect sight.

What do you see when you have glaucoma?

This is what you see with normal vision:



This is what you see with advance glaucoma:







One dear lady with advance glaucoma in both eyes described her sight like this, "It is like seeing the world through cob-webs!"

What about the other eye problems and diseases? What would you see if you have macular degeneration, cataracts, retinal degeneration, floaters or colour blindness?

Shudder, shudder ... check out this link, there is a tool to simulate these conditions for you:
http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/slide-vision-test

May God bless your sight, I will SEE YOU again!

2 comments:

Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

Diet and specific nutrient supplementation can both help prevent the onset of glaucoma as well as help preserve vision for those with glaucoma.

There are number of peer review studies that show the importance of supplementing with a specific nutrients can help protect the optic nerve from damage including the following: alpha lipoid acid, bilberry, pine bark, gingko biloba, taurine, magnesium, vitamin B12,

Other studies have shown that a healthy diet which included, for example, at least 1 serving of green leafy vegetables such as kale and collard greens, decreased the risk of getting glaucoma for women by 69 percent (Coleman AL, Stone KL, Kodjebacheva G, Yu F, Pedula KL, Ensrud KE, Cauley JA, Hochberg MC, Topouzis F, Badala F, Mangione C ; Study of Osteoporotic Fractures Research Group)

For more related research studies, see the "Research" section at Natural Eye Care for Glaucoma Prevention

Jane said...

Thank you very much.