Last Modified on Jul 30, 2015
Natural Alternatives to Glaucoma Surgery
Glaucoma is a number of eye disorders that gang up on the optic nerve and cause gradual damage over time, resulting in a slow loss of vision. In primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common glaucoma, the only noticeable symptom is gradual vision loss. Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure on the optic nerve from a buildup of the fluid that flows in and out of the eye, but drains too slowly. Other causes of glaucoma are from iris pigment granule buildup, or even the iris itself can bulge and cause drainage fluid retention.
Symptoms of glaucoma usually occur in both eyes, most notably gradual loss of peripheral vision, sometimes with sudden onset; but other symptoms that can be attributed to glaucoma are eye pain, halos around lights, nausea that accompanies severe eye pain. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce the pressure in the eye to halt the progression of nerve damage.
Find a Cure Without Glaucoma Surgery
On this page are a number of user submitted home remedies for glaucoma. Many medical professionals will recommend a form of glaucoma surgery, but that is invasive and could take a number of procedures. Some of our suggested remedies for glaucoma include glycerin, fennel seeds, frankincense, omega 3, and a number of dietary and exercise strategies. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat glaucoma. Have a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share your story with us!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Published studies using CDP Choline have shown it to reduce glaucoma eye pressure (and blood pressure). The amount used has been 1000 mg daily. It's not cheap so I've been using 250 mg caps daily. Glaucoma is in one eye and pressure is down to 17-18 but would probably be lower with 500mgs or 1000mgs. CDP Choline is also used as an anti-aging brain supplement. I take it after breakfast. No unwanted side effects. Tests have shown the eye to be in fairly good shape.
[YEA] The prostaglandin class of eye meds don't work for me--nerve damage continued and the pressure did not go down by much. I refused surgery and any other class of medications.
After several years of trying every alternative treatment I could find, I finally have had success in lowering the intra-occular pressure with diet, exercise and frankincense. I used supplements for years without noticeable difference in pressure, but once I started following Dr. Benjamin Lane's diet and exercise recommendations and using Frankincense, improvement was substantial. I cannot tell you for sure which of the three helped the most but I had used the exercise and diet for three months before receiving good news, and the frankincense for just a few weeks. You can find info on Dr. Lane's diet with a google search (or start with http://www.mothernature.com/l/Preventions-Healing-with-Vitamins/Glaucoma_971.html) and instructions for using food grade (therapeutic) frankincense at http://younglivingforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=841.
Re the diet: I did not add any supplements to the ones I have been taking for years which include D, Co-q10, C, O-3, E and a special eye formula that includes G. Biloba et.al. I walk for 45 minutes EVERY DAY. I eat organic meats and mostly raw vegetables and fruits. I eat NO processed foods--flour, sugar, pasta, etc. I drink no caffeine and no alcohol.
Doesn't sound like much fun to you? Yeah, but I want to keep my sight and for me, that's a big enough motivation.
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[YEA] I had temporary blackout on right eye in December 2012 and the Dr said I should do a visual field test. Diagnosis of VFT: had some dark spots but was considered a glaucoma suspect with an iop of 15/16. Started fennel seeds and one week latter it dropped to 10. Repeated IOP test on saturday 3rd of March after one month and it was 12. Please note that I was diagnosed with RA, and had a stroke last year and have numbness all over, swollen tonsils, white tongue and just 43 yrs old. Cannot take NSAIDS because of reaction.
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I was surprised to see so little for Glaucoma remedies on Earth Clinic. Studies show that Forskolin, used in Arurvedic medicine for millenia, helps with slowing down Glaucoma, lowers blood pressure, good for weight loss, psyoriasis, and other benefits.
I am purchasing it now and will report its efficacy on my conditions.
My Auntie suffers from glaucoma. She has lost vision in one eye. Could you please prescribe any herbal medication to ease the pressure on her eyes or cure this disease. Thanks for your cooperation. Desperate Melinda
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Croydon Surrey, Uk
The Mayo site has glycerin listed as something that lowers the pressure in the eye. I would assume that many people facing eye problems would be interested. Any one (Ted) know anything?
[YEA] From what I just read, in a reliable "cures" book that I have had for many years, glycerin can be consumed with juice or distilled water to reduce eye pressure. I have been consuming it for about a week now, as I need to get my eye pressure down.
Ignore the warning on the bottle: do not ingest. TPTB don't want people to make use of glycerin's natural healing properties. Old optometry med. manuals listed drinking glycerin as a way to reduce (w/o side effects) a person's eye pressure.
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Port Hope, Canada, Ontario
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My sister was shot in the eye, and is now experiencing high intraocular pressure. Are there any remedies or herbs that are known to lower the pressure of her eye?
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Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
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Hope, Bc, Canada
[YEA] I have been having great success with both Mastic Gum, taken internally upon waking, and Frankincense essential oil, allowed to evaporate into the eyes, for eye pressure.
I had been taking Mastic Gum for a month, which was helping my eye pressure issues to a good degree, after reading two studies. The first study linked H. Pylori bacteria with glaucoma. The second study noted a dramatic reduction in H. Pylori when mastic gum was taken as a supplement. It holds true that mastic gum is indeed very helpful for eye pressure in my experience.
I then read on earthclinic, and subsequently on a couple of other places on the web, about success using Frankincense oil. So, I purchased the best quality Frankincense essential oil that I could find. Specifically, oil from the Boswellia Sacra species. I believe that it is steam distilled, which works fine. Every day thereafter, I followed the recommended procedure of dropping 2-3 drops of oil in my hand, rubbing my palms together to distribute the oil, and then cupping my hands over my open eyes with as air-tight a seal as possible and allowing the evaporating oil to mingle with my exposed open eyes. One of the tricks of this procedure is to not cup your hands over your eyes right away, but to allow at least one minute to pass in-between the time that you drop the oil on your hands and the time that you expose your eyes to it. Frankincense oil has volatile oxidative oils (recognizable by the citrusy top-note of the oil) that will irritate your eyes, but which largely evaporate within a minute or so of being exposed to air. Waiting at least 60 seconds to cup your eyes assures that most of these oils evaporate and that your eyes won't be so irritated. Generally, I also count to 60 when cupping my oiled hands over my eyes, which seems to be enough. If any significant irritation starts, which may or may not happen at about the minute mark, I stop. Usually, irritation just means that you didn't wait quite long enough for the volatile oils to evaporate. It's not really a problem, as the irritation is both gradual and mild if it happens at all.
The frankincense is very powerful, assuming a good grade of oil, and its effects will last all day. I generally perform the frankincense procedure either in the moring or the afternoon, but have also found it helpful when any type of inflammation or eye pressure is felt. The combination of mastic gum and frankincense is even more powerful. The only problem is the cost of good frankincense oil and mastic gum. Neither are cheap. A one month supply of both is currently running me about $65. You will probably need around 10 ml of oil per month.
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North Plainfield, Nj
Hi this is new to me. I have elevated eye pressure. Can you help me to lower, with a natural treatment. Ocular Hypertension, I can still see pretty good if I stay off computer and stop reading my Kindle, then I can see clear. Any suggestions?
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Vancouver Bc., Canada
Hi, I am 47 years old and I have glacoma since 15 years, 10 years ago I read about a spanish doctor cured the glacoma with
1) omega three
2) vitamin C
3) gingko biloba
My visual field test showed excellant improvment, now the doctors tell me that I dont have glacoma, I am a glacoma suspect now, the pressure in the eye is less, and I am not using my eye drops regularly, still getting better, also using sea salt (coocking&eating) instead of regular salt. My daily dosees are:1000 mg vitamin C , 1 tablet gingko biloba, one soft gel fish oil for the omega three. So I wish this can help. I will try to find the link for the spanish doctor and post it here. God bless you all.
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[YEA] In one of her books Adele Davis recommended 1/2 tsp salt in water to counteract pressure pain of glaucoma. Fluid passes to front of eye and cannot flow back to balance due to lack of aldosterone. I, too have low blood pressure so check your adrenals! Anyway, I was in agony and the salt works, emergency measure only of course. Sea salt preferably. Blackstrap molasses has lots of minerals; maybe that would work also. Perhaps Ted would know. Nickie
Hello, Ever since I have been diagnosed with glaucoma (4 years ago), I can't seem to get the eye pressure down to a reasonable level. I have done 2 laser surgeries, but they didn't work. I desperately need to find a natural cure to lower my eye pressure. Would alkalizing the body help? Tks.
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Orange County, Ca
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Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
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