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Is Glaucoma Preventable?

POSTED ON January 18, 2013

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Other than getting yearly Comprehensive Eye Exams, is there anything you can do to make sure The Silent Thief of Sight doesn’t strike again? Recent European studies have shown that exercise might help out. Physical activity appeared to reduce the incidence of low ocular perfusion pressure long-term. The OPP is a combination between your intraocular pressure and your blood pressure (which we know can be kept low by exercise). Additionally, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of ...

Other than getting yearly Comprehensive Eye Exams, is there anything you can do to make sure The Silent Thief of Sight doesn’t strike again?

Recent European studies have shown that exercise might help out. Physical activity appeared to reduce the incidence of low ocular perfusion pressure long-term. The OPP is a combination between your intraocular pressure and your blood pressure (which we know can be kept low by exercise).

Additionally, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of glaucoma. Although there is no scientific evidence suggesting vitamins and minerals will delay glaucoma, carotenoids and Vitamin A and D contribute to all around better vision.  Protecting your eyes from overexposure to sunlight also helps your eyes. You can wear Purifier Polarized sunglasses during the summer and the winter to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Unfortunately, the most important factors in people getting glaucoma are family history and age. Obviously, those are difficult to alter. But, the most important factor in glaucoma prevention is getting your yearly exam. Catching signs early can potentially save someone’s vision.

Make appointments today for all members of your family, including elderly parents. Dr Tavel has convenient evening and weekend hours to fit your busy schedules!

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