I am an African American female. I am retired and 60 years old. I take drops for glaucoma and have 2 relatives that have already went blind from the disease. Is there anything else that I can do at this time to take better care of my eyes? Good Eyesight, Georgia
Dear Good Eyesight:
During my research on glaucoma, I found it is a hereditary disease but what you need to keep in mind is that most families eat the same foods and live in the same environments so it’s only natural they have the same health issues and diseases.
Glaucoma is not only hereditary, and are many times found in African Americans, but if the veins at the back of your eyes close down, you will go blind, because there is no way to open these veins back up and this is why you should be checked by a doctor every 3 months.
Now that you are on the glaucoma eye drops, I am sure like most medications, if your eyes started improving then you might be able to get off the drops so again you should be visiting the doctor every 3 months because the drops are considered medications. And because of your age, if you are on any medications, you should see a doctor every 3 months.
What you need to understand once you get on the drops, like most medications, you will start experiencing other health issues and chances are you will be recommended to take other medications.
One thing will happen once you go on drops for glaucoma is your HDL (good cholesterol) number will go down, which means you will then be at risk for heart disease and other diseases of your body. So chances are your doctor will recommend medication for this.
Now more than ever you need to eat a good diet, especially green foods, that builds your body. You need to take a daily multivitamin for women and other supplements for aging women and for the eyes, along with getting regular exercise and plenty of rest.
There are several herbs good for circulation of the eyes but you can’t take these if you are on certain medications or take them away from your medications.
Your kidneys are connected to the eyes so it’s extremely important that all your organs are working properly, especially your kidneys, so you should engage in regular detox programs for your colon, kidneys, liver and a heavy metal detox.
Since your kidneys are connected to your eyes, once you improve your kidney function through regular detoxifications, eating good foods and living in a clean and natural environment, then your eyesight should improve. Also try drinking alkaline water and once a month buy the natural cranberry juice from health food stores and flush out your kidneys for several days.
You can also go for walks periodically and stare off in the distance for 2 to 5 minutes, which is a good exercise for your eyes. For other great health tips read my first health book "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide To Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days" (Series 3) - available as an e-book and paperback.