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Do you already have the warning signs of glaucoma?

by , 12 March 2013

American President Franklin D Roosevelt is one of the most famous celebrities to have had glaucoma. But that doesn't mean glaucoma's rare. Up to six million people around the world are blind in both eyes thanks to glaucoma. The scary thing is, you could have glaucoma and not know it yet. And as it's World Glaucoma Day, it's the perfect time to keep your eyes healthy and prevent blindness - you don't have to do anything drastic!

If you suffer from diabetes, you have a high risk of developing glaucoma.
 
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that can lead to blindness, explains AskJeeves.
 
WebMD says glaucoma causes damage to your eye's optic nerve due to a build-up of pressure inside the eye. 
 
It’s called the 'silent thief of sight' as it gradually causes the loss of sight as it reaches its advanced stage, says the TopNews Arab Emirates website.
 
That’s why early detection of the symptoms of glaucoma is essential, as you can prevent irreversible blindness!
 
Early symptoms of glaucoma to look for
 
One of the most common early symptoms of glaucoma is poor night vision.
 
 Another warning sign is if you need to frequently change the prescription of your reading glasses.
 
Blurred vision and seeing rainbow-coloured haloes around light are two more glaucoma warning signs to watch for, says the TopNews Arab Emirates website.
 
If you notice any of these symptoms, go for a glaucoma screening today!
 
Because if you’ve already been diagnosed with glaucoma, you can start treatment immediately.
 
So while you can’t prevent glaucoma, you can delay long-term vision loss by starting treatment early.
 
And you don’t have to resort to surgery to reduce the pressure in your eyes – WebMD explains that special eye drops to treat glaucoma can also reduce the formation of fluid in the front of the eye or increase its outflow.
 
Forget the carrots – here’s what you’ll need to add to your diet to protect against blindness!
 
Luckily, you can also make simple changes to your diet to prevent against other forms of blindness.
 
All you need to do is start eating more low GI foods like tomatoes, nuts, pears, and brown rice.
 
And go for green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – all of which are rich in carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which reduce your risk of blindness, says FSP Health.
 
Simple as that. Go for regular glaucoma screenings and eat a healthier diet to prevent blindness from setting in!
 

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