Six Ways to Lower Your Risk of GlaucomaGlaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is a slow loss of vision caused by fluid buildup in the eye. Without regular eye exams, you could have glaucoma and have no idea. However, here are six ways to prevent symptoms or reduce the ones you have.
1. Eat less sugar and grains. These two foods raise your insulin levels, which creates more intraocular pressure. Keeping insulin levels low is an easy way to lower your risk of glaucoma.
2. Exercise regularly. Staying active is a great way to keep your insulin levels low.
3. Omega-3 Fish Oil pills. About 1000 milligrams a day is recommended for optimum eye health.
4. Consume more whole food lutein and zeaxanthin. Some tasty examples of these eye-healthy vitamins are: kale, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts and egg yolks. If you can handle them, raw eggs yolks are the best way to get these nutrients.
NOTE: Lutein is an oil-soluble nutrient. This means that you should eat these veggies with butter or another natural source of oil. Otherwise your body won’t get the full benefits of what you are eating!
5. Stay away from Trans fats. These fats are particularly bad for eyesight, but are generally bad for the body. Remember to read the labels on packaged foods.
6. Eat more dark-colored berries. These include blueberries, acai berries, raspberries and our favorite, blackberries. Try to eat them fresh, as many of the nutrients are destroyed through cooking.