Why I don't have glaucoma, even though it's common in my family.
by Mark Lamendola,
Lifetime eye owner
My grandfather had glaucoma. Even my mother's last two dogs had cataracts. But my eyes are
so far from glaucoma risk, the disease is not even on my radar. Why is this?
The air puff test for glaucoma gives back a number that represents pressure. The higher
that number, the more likely you are to have glaucoma. That pressure results from a
clogging of a port in the eye. My eye pressure is way below normal.
Now, let's look at how I am beating glaucoma, so that you may do the same.
- A diet low in saturated fats (not necessarily low in fat) helps prevent the
vascular constriction that leads to glaucoma. To protect your eyes, eat a diet low in fats
that are saturated or hydrogenated. Fats and oils are good for you, but saturated
fats are not--they adhere to the walls of your blood vessels. Interestingly, unsaturated
fats help scrub saturated fat-plaque from your blood vessels. So, a diet high in flaxseed
oil and fish protects your eyes.
- Of course, smoking is a major problem. It doesn't matter if you smoke directly (cigarette in your mouth) or indirectly (cigarette in someone else's mouth)--smoke is
smoke and there is no mechanism that renders it harmful only to the person doing the
smoking. If you value your eyesight, don't smoke or be smoked on.
- Sugar is also a culprit. This list isn't very long, don't worry. But do limit the
amount of sugar in your diet. This substance is responsible for a huge number of diseases
of both body and mind--your body was never equipped to deal with the insulin rush caused
by sugar. Think of sugar as a diabetes pill--the more sugar you eat, the more likely you
are to have diabetes.
- A disciplined program of regular, intense exercise
does more than just develop strong bones and muscles. Those of us who engage
in such a program experience what's called "the pump" and have a look that's
called "vascularity." What's going on here is the intense demands placed on
the muscles also put demands on the blood vessels that feed them. Better
circulation means faster removal of waste and toxins. This is good for the
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