Diet Change Can Lower Eye Pressure

Diet Change Can Lower Eye Pressure

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D Evans

Boise, ID

#1 Feb 17, 2007
Even with medication, my pressure was 21 in both eyes.
When I went off caffeine, switched to a low-sodium diet, and traded naproxen sodium (Aleve) for Advil,
my pressures dropped to 17 and 18, still on the same medications.

This diet change has postponed surgery.
Shawn Cohen MD

Riviere-rouge, Canada

#2 Apr 24, 2007
That can happen, especially with very high doses of caffeine. I'm not sure how much but more than 2-3 cups per day probably. Congratulations on the response. Please be sure to discuss with your doctor the "target pressure" he or she believes you need to stay controlled. 21 to 17 may not be enough of a response to keep you safe. We usually recommend, in more advanced cases, 30% reduction from the high pressure you had before the treatment (unless it was in the high 30's or 40's in which case 17-18 would probably be fine). best of luck! For more information, maybe my website can help. http:www.supereyecare.com
Dave Hayes

United States

#4 Apr 19, 2008
My wife has glaucoma. Her doctor has her on 3 eye drop medicines. She also has severe memory loss. She does not want me to apply the eye medication and insist on doing it herself. It ends up on her cheek or nose.

Is there any other way to lower the eye pressure other than the drops?
Shawn Cohen MD

Châteauguay, Canada

#5 May 14, 2008
Laser works, in some cases. The laser is called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT. You can find out more information by following the link http://www.supereyecare.com/SuperLinksPage2.h...

Drops are usually the first choice and many good methods are available. I really like the Dixie cup method, where you lie down and place a Dixie cup over the eye and apply the dropper tip through a hole in the bottom of the cup. In that way, the drop gets directly over the eye without fear of touching it. I have an illustration in my booklet on the site http://www.supereyecare.com
Sissy

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Sep 4, 2008
I have elevated eye pressure. 15 in right eye and 35 in left eye. All other test look good including optic nerve. My liver enzymes were elevated a while back but are normal. Any suggestions?
Shawn Cohen MD

Montréal, Canada

#7 Sep 10, 2008
I don't know about the liver enzymes but that would need to be followed up for its own reasons. I would have the pressure of 35 treated, even if the optic nerve isperfect, if it were my eye. Very high pressures like 35 can lead to a blocked vein or a "stroke" in the eye in some cases. For that reason, most doctors treat anything over 30 even if the nerve is perfectly fine. Also, most nerves can not tolerate that high of a pressure forever and will eventually become damaged.
Richard

Livermore, CA

#8 Sep 22, 2008
I had a black splotch appear in my field of vision (right eye, lower left quadrant)a few days ago, and it hasn't gone away, faded or changed in 2 days. If I close my left eye, my vision is GONE in that lower left quadrant of my right eye!

I was diagnosed with high eye pressure (about 20) when I went for my contact lens eye exam about a year ago. I have high blood pressure, which I have been on diuretics for about 8 years for. Lately it has been climbing, though I am very compliant with my medication, and pretty good about exercise and diet (off and on).

I'm going to see an opthamologist tomorrow. Any thoughts on this?
Richard

Livermore, CA

#9 Sep 22, 2008
sorry... above should have been a new thread. Will try again.
Shawn Cohen

Mont-saint-hilaire, Canada

#10 Sep 27, 2008
Probably just "floaters" or vitreous ("jelly") condensations in the eye. Check the retina for tears with your ophthalmologist.
Chris

Pittsford, NY

#11 Nov 24, 2008
Richard wrote:
I had a black splotch appear in my field of vision (right eye, lower left quadrant)a few days ago, and it hasn't gone away, faded or changed in 2 days. If I close my left eye, my vision is GONE in that lower left quadrant of my right eye!
I was diagnosed with high eye pressure (about 20) when I went for my contact lens eye exam about a year ago. I have high blood pressure, which I have been on diuretics for about 8 years for. Lately it has been climbing, though I am very compliant with my medication, and pretty good about exercise and diet (off and on).
I'm going to see an opthamologist tomorrow. Any thoughts on this?
Richard,
Did you ever come to a conclusion on this? I too have the same problem and I have been battling with some slightly high eye pressures. My optic nerve looks perfect as well. When I squint my eyes.. I notice these spots more prominently.
Let me know!! I am anxious to hear what became of it.
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Bill

AOL

#12 Jan 8, 2009
D Evans wrote:
Even with medication, my pressure was 21 in both eyes.
When I went off caffeine, switched to a low-sodium diet, and traded naproxen sodium (Aleve) for Advil,
my pressures dropped to 17 and 18, still on the same medications.
This diet change has postponed surgery.
my Dodtor changed my medication and scheduled me for laser surgery for Glaucoma. Would it not make sence to see if the new medication lowers pressure before doing surgery
Jeff

Quincy, FL

#13 Feb 11, 2009
What is the cost of SLT?

“Fit Eyes”

Since: Mar 09

Jacksonville, FL

#14 Mar 19, 2009
Bill wrote:
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my Dodtor changed my medication and scheduled me for laser surgery for Glaucoma. Would it not make sence to see if the new medication lowers pressure before doing surgery
In general, I think it makes sense to see if new or additional medications will give results before trying laser treatment or surgery.

For some people, the laser produces side effects. And once it is done, it is not possible to undo the laser. With medications, at least you can stop taking one that disagrees with you and try something else.

“Fit Eyes”

Since: Mar 09

Jacksonville, FL

#15 Mar 19, 2009
Jeff wrote:
What is the cost of SLT?
Of course it varies by region and even by doctor. In the US, it can cost around $3000 or more.
Linda

AOL

#16 Jul 11, 2009
Was diagnosed with Glaucoma after experiencing 'flashes and floaters'. My pressure prior to this was always between 17-19. Since the diagnosis when my pressures were up to 21-23,I have tried all the different eye drops(pressure maintained around 17-19), had laser, and a Trabeculoplasty in the left eye. Left eye pressure is now 12 but my vision always is 'watery' and blurred. Now the right eye is rising from 19 and my ophthalmologist wants to perform a trabeculoplasty on it. I am not keen on more eye surgery, another hole in my eyes, and a continued blurry,watery vision to contend with... Is 19 too high if it is stable? There is no history of Glaucoma in my family.
adrianne

Succasunna, NJ

#17 Jul 14, 2009
I just came from the eye doctor. Left eye is 25 right eye is 28. I have to go back in 2 weeks to have another dilated eye exam. If it is still high then he will give me eye drops. In the mean time I will be dieting and eating right, I have weight problem at the moment.

Just posting because I'm a little scared.
FitEyes

Jacksonville, FL

#18 Jul 14, 2009
Adrianne, why don't you look at some of the posts on FitEyes.com . I think you will find them helpful.
Dave
adrianne

Succasunna, NJ

#19 Jul 14, 2009
Thank you I will.
Tristy

League City, TX

#20 Dec 15, 2009
im 16 and i might have glaucoma. my eye pressure in both eyes are in the 30's. i take 4 eye drops every day. should i be worried?
JOJOHN RODRIGUEZ

Houston, TX

#21 Dec 29, 2009
I was diagnosed with glaucoma when i was 4 due to a traumatic accident to my left eye. Finances are not good right now and my zalatan and cosopt cost a good amount of money . Is there any other way of lowering my pressure other than highly priced medication ? My left has been hurting soooo bad and its keeping me from being able to work . any suggestions?

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