Well, the eyes have it!! Honestly the medical research shows that supplements DO work when you have glaucoma. Firstly, a little biochem...............
There is two types of glaucoma (open and closed angle). By the sound of it you have the not so bad type (open angle). There is a pump system in your eye (sodium potassium pump) which regulates the fluid balance in the eye. In some glaucoma patients this stuffs up with age (due to oxidative UV stress). You see, the eye is only second to the adrenal gland in concentration of Vit. C (an antioxidant). This is high because it protects the eye from damage (along with other antioxidants).
History has shown us that we had heaps of protection because humans on ave. ate 440mg of Vit. C per day. Now, we consume around 10% of that. We also smoke, get pollution, stess ect. which further increases our needs for Vit. C (an other nutrients). This total of effects leads us to be deficient in nutrients. Not to mention our usual crappy diets (full of grains, dairy ect.).
The bottom line is that we need extra supplements to perform optimally. If this don't convince you please read the following medical studies on glaucoma.
Good luck, Stephen.
Glaucoma is a disease of the Eye caused by an increase of pressure of the fluid within the Eyeball.
These Substances Alleviate or Prevent Glaucoma
Forskolin (applied topically as eyedrops) may be of assistance to persons afflicted with Glaucoma (it lowers intraocular pressure in persons afflicted with Glaucoma - this effect occurs as a result of Forskolin stimulating the Adenyl Cyclase enzyme) [scientific research - rabbits: Forskolin significantly lowers intraocular pressure in rabbits for at least 10 hours after its administration] [note that Forskolin eyedrops for humans are not presently on the market].
Germanium alleviates Glaucoma.
Magnesium (243 mg per day for at least one month) improves the visual field and peripheral Blood Circulation in persons afflicted with Glaucoma [scientific research - humans].
The Anthocyanosides found in Bilberry protect against the development of Glaucoma [scientific research - in vitro].
Marijuana alleviates Glaucoma (by lowering Eye pressure) [caution: use of Marijuana for this purpose is illegal in most regions].
Picamilon improves Eyesight in persons afflicted with (the chronic simple form of) Glaucoma [scientific research - humans: Picamilon administration resulted in improvement in central and peripheral visual fields and improved visual acuity].
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - applied topically as eyedrops - reduces intraocular pressure in persons afflicted with Glaucoma.
Lipoic Acid alleviates Glaucoma [scientific research - humans: after 1 month of treatment with 150 mg of Lipoic Acid per day 47% of persons with Glaucoma exhibited improvement in visual acuity, visual field, color discrimination and increased lacrimal tear fluid].
Vitamin C reduces intraocular pressure in Glaucoma patients by 21-84% [scientific research - humans: up to 30-40 grams per day may be required].
These Foods Prevent Glaucoma
Bilberry helps to prevent Glaucoma (due to the Anthocyanosides content of Bilberry).
Orthodox Medical Treatment of Glaucoma
Some types of Cholinesterase Inhibitors (e.g. Demecarium, Echothiophate, Phytostigmine) are utilized (applied topically as an intraocular solution) to alleviate Glaucoma (by reducing the intraocular pressure within the Eye).
These Ailments can Cause Glaucoma
Glaucoma is often a side-effect of Diabetes.
Contraindications - Persons Afflicted with Glaucoma Should Not Consume these Substances
Persons afflicted with the wide-angle form of Glaucoma should not use supplemental L-Dopa.
Persons afflicted with Glaucoma should not use Fenfluramine.
Forms of Glaucoma
Primary Glaucomas: Acute Congestive Glaucoma: A sudden rise in ocular pressure is accompanied by Pain and blurred vision.
Chronic Simple Glaucoma: (Also known as: Primary Open Angle Glaucoma; POAG; Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma; Wide-Angle Glaucoma) Ocular pressure rises gradually, without producing Pain and the loss of vision is gradual. This type of Glaucoma is more prevalent in persons over the age of 40.
Chronic Narrow-Angle Glaucoma: Secondary Glaucomas: Glaucoma that results from some other cause such as Iritis or injury. Congenital Glaucoma: Rare, inherited form of Glaucoma that is present at birth.