Glaucoma And You: Alternative Medicine And Home Treatment Options

On your last visit to the optometrist, your eye tests revealed that you have unknowingly been suffering from glaucoma. While you may find yourself wondering what you could possibly do to deal with this newfound ailment, visiting an ophthalmologist will present you with your standard medical options, such as prescription eye drops, pills, and/or surgical interventions.

However, you may also want to take some steps on your own to help alleviate the symptoms and causes of your glaucoma. There are several alternative medicine options available to you that can do just that. All you need to do is learn your options and get started. Your glaucoma will be under control before you know it.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may not be the first thing you think of when you receive a glaucoma diagnosis. However, it has been shown to have a positive effect in many cases, reducing symptoms and improving patient vision.

Chiropractors work under the assumption that when the spine is out of proper alignment, the central nervous system is compromised. Because your nervous system is responsible for communications between the brain and all other body systems, a blocked or pinched nerve could potentially cause any number of health problems.

Through spinal manipulations, a chiropractor will get your spine back in proper alignment relieving undo pressure on your nerves freeing up communications within your body. In the case of your glaucoma, this could stimulate better blood flow to your eyes or improve the distribution of nutrients throughout your body. Even after one session, you could find your vision improved.


Bilberry is a plant that is remarkably similar to the blueberry. However, the health benefits are markedly different. Bilberries contain a great deal of a chemical substance known as anthocyanosides. They are considered super-antioxidants, which means they have extremely potent health benefits.

Oftentimes, glaucoma is caused by pressure buildup around the eyes known as intraocular pressure. The super-antioxidants in bilberries are powerful anti-inflammatories, which means they can help to alleviate the swelling causing some of your worst symptoms.

The antioxidants in bilberry are also known to be effective for improving cardiovascular help. This, too, helps to treat your glaucoma by strengthening the capillaries and blood vessels that maintain proper blood flow to the eyes.

Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat any number of ailments and disorders. It is based on the thought that the body is a system of flowing energy. When that energy is blocked or diverted, it can cause illness, pain, and discomfort.

Acupuncture therapies involve inserting tiny needles into certain energy points on the body to restore proper energy flow. This can help relieve intraocular pressure, and increase proper blood flow to your eyes.

As you can see, home and alternative medicine remedies can help you relieve the intraocular pressure that contributes to your glaucoma symptoms. These therapies can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments as prescribed by your ophthalmologist.