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Glaucoma - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

BAMS, CRAV - Ophthalmology
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Glaucoma - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

Glaucoma is a type of eye disease in which the optic nerve of the eyes get damage. The problem gets worse over time and leads to a condition where a person is not able to see, thus blindness.

Glaucoma can also cause due to the pressure buildup inside the eyes. This buildup of pressure is known as intraocular pressure which leads to damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve of the eyes is responsible for transmitting images formed on the retina to the brain. Due to the damage of this optic nerve, people suffering from Glaucoma may lose their vision completely and permanently.

Glaucoma is one main leading cause of blindness all over the world. For treating Glaucoma, there are many options and surgical methods are available. However, Ayurveda is one of the most effective methods to cure this problem naturally and completely.

Symptoms

The problem usually does not show any early symptoms. However, some of the common symptoms that may occur due to Glaucoma are:

Ayurvedic Treatment of Glaucoma

Ayurveda is known for its wisdom in treating body ailments in the most natural and effective way. Ayurveda seems to have a cure for every ailment and this is true for Glaucoma. There are many herbs and therapies available which help in relaxing the pain, reduce the redness, drain the deposited fluid, improves vision, etc.

According to Ayurveda, any problem is caused due to the disturbance of balance in the doshas. It says that the disturbance of Kapha dosha may lead to Glaucoma.

Among various herbs used in Ayurvedic treatment, some of the herbs used in Ayurveda to treat Glaucoma are:

  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): It is one of the leading herbs used to cure the Glaucoma. It has the diuretic properties which help in controlling the disease by draining the excess fluid from the eyes. It also prevents the damage of optic nerve and reduces intraocular pressure.

  • Triphala: Triphala is another herb used in Ayurveda to treat this problem. It is usually used as an eyewash. It also reduces intraocular pressure and prevents vision loss. The herb also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that protect the optic nerve from damage.

  • Amla (Phyllanthus emblica): It is also a beneficial herb that manages and treats Glaucoma. It contains Vitamin C and has antioxidant properties protecting the ocular tissue, optic nerve, and retina.

Take Away

Ayurveda is one of the most effective ways to treat Glaucoma. However, it is always advisable to consult an Ayurvedic specialist before going for any of these herbs. Some lifestyle changes and exercises along with Ayurvedic treatment will help a person to gain better result.

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Glaucoma - Diagnosis & Treatment For It!

Dr.Santosh Singh Patel 88% (11ratings)
MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, Fellowship in (FAICO)
Ophthalmologist, Raipur
Glaucoma - Diagnosis & Treatment For It!

This disease can be developed or inherited; it usually refers to the accumulation of fluid inside a person's eyes leading to excessive pressure on his or her optic nerve.

How to diagnose the symptoms of Glaucoma in a person:-
1. A fundamental eye examination- An experienced eye doctor will check the dilated pupils of your eyes so as to take a closer look at the optic nerve that further discerns the stage of glaucoma a patient is in. Doctors tend to keep track on the sequential progression of glaucoma and its specific mode of treatment through pictures of the optic nerve taken during an examination. 

2. Tonometry may also be performed- Signs of Glaucoma may be spotted through the procedure called tonometry where the doctor will test a person's eye pressure and so on so forth. A visual field test might also be conducted to check if the patient can see things at the periphery of his line of vision.  

Symptoms that will help a doctor identify this condition in people:-

a) A loss of peripheral vision is experienced in the early stages of glaucoma.
b) A person may see halos when in the presence of bright lights.
c) Your eyes could turn red.
d) Hazy or blurry vision is a problem faced by young children affected with glaucoma.
e) Glaucoma could be accompanied by headaches and eye pain.
f) An affected person might repeatedly feel nauseous.

Ways to treat Glaucoma in a person:-

1. Microsurgery can effectively treat Glaucoma - Microsurgery can be performed in various ways. There is one way in which a channel is made to pump out the fluid creating extra pressure on the optic nerve. This method is referred to as trabeculectomy. 

2. Eye drops can be used to remedy the condition - Eye drops can relieve you from painful glaucoma. They are known to control the formation of excess fluid in a person's eye. In some cases, they can induce the accumulating fluid to flow out of the patient's eyes. 

3. Laser treatment can also work wonders - Laser surgeries can be undertaken to get rid of glaucoma. The laser can help in moving out fluid from the eyes of the affected person. It successfully hinders fluid blockage as well. There are different kinds of laser treatments available to cure glaucoma.

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Glaucoma - How To Detect It?

MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, Fellowship In Glaucoma, FRCS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
Glaucoma - How To Detect It?

A common condition often missed until late in the disease, this disease is usually associated with rise in eye pressure and slow progressive damage of the optic nerve Symptoms that will help a doctor identify this condition in people:-

Majority of the times glaucoma has no symptom until late in the disease and hence regular screening is needed

Symptoms:

a) A loss of peripheral vision may be noted in the early stages of glaucoma. 

b) A person may see halos when in the presence of bright lights.

c) Brow ache and eye pain.

d) Watery and enlarged eyes are often seen in childhood glaucoma

How to diagnose the symptoms of Glaucoma in a person:-

A fundamental eye examination- An experienced eye doctor will check the eyesight, eye pressure, perform a gonioscopy (to decide type of glaucoma) and examine the nerve of the eye (optic nerve) The extent of damage is documented by tests like optic nerve imaging (OCT) and test of field of vision (perimetry)

Ways to treat Glaucoma in a person:-

  1. Majority of the times eye drops to reduced eye pressure are sufficient to control glaucoma
  2. Laser is indicated in angle closure glaucoma and in some types of open angle glaucoma
  3. Surgery is needed in childhood glaucoma and in adult glaucoma not controlled with medicines and laser
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Glaucoma - Vital Information About It!

Dr.Vrij Bhushan 86% (25ratings)
MD - Ophthalmology, MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Dehradun
Glaucoma - Vital Information About It!

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition in which the optic nerve gets damaged and the situation gets worse over time. If untreated, individuals may go permanently blind. Most individuals, with glaucoma, have no previous symptoms or warning signs of this disorder and this is the reason why it is important to have regular eye check-ups.

Causes of glaucoma
Eyes have a liquid called aqueous humor. This fluid flows out of the eyes through mesh-like channels for proper lubrication of the eye. However, there can be situations in which these channels may get blocked. In such a case, there would be a build-up of this liquid, thereby causing an increase in fluid pressure. This is usually a major cause of glaucoma. Although there has been no elaborate evidence of what exactly causes this blockage, doctors have noticed that this can be inherited.

Other less common causes include:

  1. Any sort of blunt injury or chemical injury to the eye
  2. Blocking of blood vessels inside the eye
  3. Other inflammatory conditions
  4. Improper eye surgery

Types of glaucoma
There are mainly two kinds of glaucoma that can occur:

  1. Open-angle glaucoma: This is the most common kind of glaucoma and is also called wide-angle glaucoma. In this kind, the tubular meshwork through which the liquid flow occurs is normal. However, the fluid flow isn’t the way it should be.
  2. Angle-closure glaucoma: This is also known as acute glaucoma or chronic angle closure. In this case, the liquid is not able to drain properly because of the angle between the iris and the cornea being too narrow, thus causing the iris to be in the way. This can cause a sudden build-up of pressure, thereby leading to chronic glaucoma.

Facts about glaucoma

  1. This disorder usually has no previous signs or symptoms and occurs all of a sudden.
  2. This disorder mainly affects individuals above 40 years of age.
  3. Glaucoma can be inherited.
  4. People with diabetes have chances of suffering from glaucoma.
  5. If not treated early, it may lead to permanent blindness.

Symptoms of glaucoma
Usually, there aren’t many symptoms to warn people about this disorder. However, one of the first signs is definitely losing peripheral or side vision. Other symptoms might include

  1. Chronic vision loss
  2. Visibility of halo around lights
  3. Narrowed vision

Glaucoma is treated by any of the three methods:

  1. Prescription eye drops in order to reduce eye fluid formation, thereby resulting in outflow increase
  2. Laser surgery
  3. Microsurgery
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Glaucoma - Know Forms Of It!

Dr.Santosh Singh Patel 88% (11ratings)
MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, Fellowship in (FAICO)
Ophthalmologist, Raipur
Glaucoma - Know Forms Of It!

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye's optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the second largest cause of eye blindness in the world.

There are several types of Glaucoma:

  1. Open-angle Glaucoma
  2. Normal-tension Glaucoma
  3. Angle-closure Glaucoma
  4. Congenital Glaucoma
  5. Secondary Glaucoma
  6. Glaucoma suspect

How will you know that you are suffering from Glaucoma?

Only half the people with glaucoma are aware that they are suffering from this condition. When Glaucoma develops, there are usually no early symptoms. This is why glaucoma can 'steal' sight gradually.

Symptoms:

  1. In its early stages, open-angle Glaucoma has no obvious symptoms. As the disease progresses more blind spots develop in the peripheral (side) view.
  2. An attack of angle-closure Glaucoma includes the following:
  • Severe pain in the eye or forehead
  • Redness of the eye
  • Decreased vision or blurred vision
  • Vision rainbows or halos
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you get any of the symptoms rush to your doctor and take an eye exam as soon as possible.

Causes:

  1. Eye injury
  2. Inflammation of the eye
  3. Dilating eye drops
  4. Blocked or restricted drainage in your eye
  5. Use of steroid-containing medications (pills, eye drops, sprays)
  6. Poor or reduced blood flow to your optic nerve
  7. High or elevated blood pressure

Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?
People with more risk of developing Glaucoma include people who:

  1. Are over age 40
  2. Have family members with glaucoma
  3. Have high eye pressure
  4. Are farsighted or nearsighted
  5. Have had an eye injury
  6. Have diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation or other health problems affecting the whole body.
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Glaucoma - Types, Causes & Symptoms Of It!

Dr.Harshavardhan Ghorpade 89% (39ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Ophthalmology, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Navi Mumbai
Glaucoma - Types, Causes & Symptoms Of It!

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye's optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the second largest cause of eye blindness in the world.

There are several types of Glaucoma:

  1. Open-angle Glaucoma
  2. Normal-tension Glaucoma
  3. Angle-closure Glaucoma
  4. Congenital Glaucoma
  5. Secondary Glaucoma
  6. Glaucoma suspect

How will you know that you are suffering from Glaucoma?

Only half the people with glaucoma are aware that they are suffering from this condition. When Glaucoma develops, there are usually no early symptoms. This is why glaucoma can 'steal' sight gradually.

Symptoms:

  1. In its early stages, open-angle Glaucoma has no obvious symptoms. As the disease progresses more blind spots develop in the peripheral (side) view.
  2. An attack of angle-closure Glaucoma includes the following:
  • Severe pain in the eye or forehead
  • Redness of the eye
  • Decreased vision or blurred vision
  • Vision rainbows or halos
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you get any of the symptoms rush to your doctor and take an eye exam as soon as possible.

Causes:

  1. Eye injury
  2. Inflammation of the eye
  3. Dilating eye drops
  4. Blocked or restricted drainage in your eye
  5. Use of steroid-containing medications (pills, eye drops, sprays)
  6. Poor or reduced blood flow to your optic nerve
  7. High or elevated blood pressure

Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?
People with more risk of developing Glaucoma include people who:

  1. Are over age 40
  2. Have family members with glaucoma
  3. Have high eye pressure
  4. Are farsighted or nearsighted
  5. Have had an eye injury
  6. Have diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation or other health problems affecting the whole body.
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Glaucoma - How To Detect It?

MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Glaucoma - How To Detect It?

Glaucoma: an overview

This disease can be developed or inherited; it usually refers to the accumulation of fluid inside a person's eyes leading to excessive pressure on his or her optic nerve.

How to diagnose the symptoms of Glaucoma in a person?

1. A fundamental eye examination- An experienced eye doctor will check the dilated pupils of your eyes so as to take a closer look at the optic nerve that further discerns the stage of glaucoma a patient is in. Doctors tend to keep track of the sequential progression of glaucoma and its specific mode of treatment through pictures of the optic nerve taken during an examination. 

2. Tonometry may also be performed- Signs of Glaucoma may be spotted through the procedure called tonometry where the doctor will test a person's eye pressure and so on so forth. A visual field test might also be conducted to check if the patient can see things at the periphery of his line of vision.  

Symptoms that will help a doctor identify this condition in people:-

a) A loss of peripheral vision is experienced in the early stages of glaucoma.
b) A person may see halos when in the presence of bright lights.
c) Your eyes could turn red.
d) Hazy or blurry vision is a problem faced by young children affected by glaucoma.
e) Glaucoma could be accompanied by headaches and eye pain.
f) An affected person might repeatedly feel nauseous.

Ways to treat Glaucoma in a person:-

1. Microsurgery can effectively treat Glaucoma- Microsurgery can be performed in various ways. There is one way in which a channel is made to pump out the fluid creating extra pressure on the optic nerve. This method is referred to as trabeculectomy. 

2. Eye drops can be used to remedy the condition- Eye drops can relieve you from painful glaucoma. They are known to control the formation of excess fluid in a person's eye. In some cases, they can induce the accumulating fluid to flow out of the patient's eyes. 

3. Laser treatment can also work wonders- Laser surgeries can be undertaken to get rid of glaucoma. Laser can help in moving out fluid from the eyes of the affected person. It successfully hinders fluid blockage as well. There are different kinds of laser treatments available to cure glaucoma.

4848 people found this helpful

Glaucoma - A Silent Killer Of Eye Sight!

Dr.Mukesh Paryani 93% (1085ratings)
FPRS, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
Glaucoma - A Silent Killer Of Eye Sight!

Glaucoma is a disorder of eye where there are almost no symptoms till a very advanced stage and the damage is irreversible. it is advised for patients to undergo regular screening of eyes for glaucoma.

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Risk Factors Of Glaucoma!

Dr.Shweta Jain 90% (13ratings)
DNB Ophtalmology, MBBS, FRCS (Glasg.)
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Risk Factors Of Glaucoma!

Risk Factors Of Glaucoma

Retinal Surgery - How Can A Person Suffering From Glaucoma Be Benefited?

MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, MD - Social & Preventive Medicine / Community Medicine
Ophthalmologist, Bhopal
Retinal Surgery - How Can A Person Suffering From Glaucoma Be Benefited?

Caring for your eyes is important for great vision, but at times certain ailments, such as glaucoma and retinal detachment can be a cause for concern. Glaucoma is a condition, which causes the degeneration of the optic nerve of the eye. Retinal detachment, on the other hand, is an eye disorder which leads to peeling of the retina from the underlying tissue.

All about glaucoma
There are quite a few options when it comes to the surgery of glaucoma, though a doctor’s advice would be needed to choose the right one. Each type of surgery caters to a certain situation. One of them is known as trabeculectomy. While the term may seem a bit complex, it basically refers to a surgery in which there is a pathway made for the outflow of the water-like substance in the eye. It is good to know that this is a non-laser surgery, so all the complexity which comes with laser surgery is avoided.

There is another glaucoma surgery called a trabeculotomy, which is basically the same but there is no tissue which is removed, unlike a trabeculectomy. The names can be confusing, can’t they?
While all these surgeries are good, why exactly are they needed? Well, the aim is to reduce the pressure in the eye, called intraocular pressure (IOP). Doing this helps prevent further damage. In short, all glaucoma surgeries endeavour to reduce the amount of fluid produced by the eye or to drain it.

All about retina surgery
The retina can be thought of as the screen at the back of the eye onto which everything projects.

  • When it comes to why a retina gets detached, it can happen due to a variety of reasons. Some of the most common are injuries as a result of accidents and eye infections. Eye diseases like glaucoma and the like can also cause it. However, the good news is that there is corrective surgery for this, which is proven to work.
  • The surgery for the retina includes sealing up any tears as well as positioning it correctly again. In many cases, an air bubble helps get the retina back in place. If there are tears in the retina, laser helps repair them. These surgeries include pneumatic retinopexy and sclera buckle surgery. The primary objective of such surgeries is to reattach the retina and to prevent vision loss.
  • Considering how serious a matter it is, it is only to be expected that recovery from retinal detachment surgery is a gradual process. Precautions which need to be taken include not visiting high altitude places or flying unless the doctor has given an ok as this could lead to an increase in the eye’s pressure.
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