It’s World Glaucoma Week, and here is all you need to know about this vision threatening eye disease. Glaucoma is a condition of eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerves. Optic nerves carry information from eye to the brain. A weakness of optic nerves directly affects the vision. In maximum cases, the optic nerve is damaged because of intra ocular pressure in the eyes. Increased pressure causes reduction of blood supply to the optic nerves and hence the optic atrophy.

Glaucoma is classified into:
• Open angle glaucoma
• Closed angle glaucoma
• Normal tension glaucoma

A few Symptoms of Glaucoma include:
• Pain in eyes and headache
• Redness and watering
• Photophobia
• Seeing colored haloes
• Progressive loss of vision
• Vomiting and nausea

Ayurvedic treatment of glaucoma: Glaucoma involves impact of all the three doshas. It is important to clear the channels to dissolve kapha. This is the first step of treatment. Further, optic nerves need to be nourished in strength to prevent further vision loss. Nasya, nethradhara, thakradhara, anjana and virechana are done in a cumulative way to normalize eye pressure and to strengthen the optic nerves.

In most cases, hospitalization is advised. This is done to control and eradicate the disease. Proper treatment can ensure vision improvement; especially if the vision loss is partial and disease is in initial stage. Hence, it is critical that a qualified Ayurvedic physician or Hospital be contacted and advice taken, as soon as symptoms are noted. Leading Ayurvedic Hospitals run Glaucoma detection camps regularly to help afflicted patients.

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