Glaucoma is a collection of different eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve and it is often, but not always, associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) levels within the eye. The area inside of the eye between the cornea, which is the outer surface of the eye, and the lens inside of the eye, is filled with a vitreous gel-like fluid called the aqueous humour. This is constantly being produced and circulates inside of the eye and then out through a mesh-like area known as the ‘angle’. It is not to be confused with tears (technically known as lachrymal) which are a completely different form of fluid produced by secretions from the tear glands to moisten and lubricate the surface of the eye and to wash out unwanted particles and other irritants.

There are two different types of glaucoma known as open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma the angle is only partially blocked which causes the pressure within the eye to escalate as the aqueous humour is still being produced at the same rate but isn’t being allowed to flow out of the eye properly in the normal way. Closed-angle glaucoma refers to the condition when the angle is completely blocked which will cause a rapid increase in intraocular pressure within the eye and should be immediately treated as an ocular emergency to avoid blindness.

Glaucoma is often hereditary, meaning that it runs in families, and usually develops in people who are over the age of forty, but it can also be congenital, meaning that it is present at birth, or caused by physical injury to the eye, and so it can also be found in some younger people too. It is estimated that one in every twenty-five Americans suffer with glaucoma and there are over 62,500 people who are legally blind due to this debilitating eye disease. As more and more people live longer, these already alarming figures are set to rise still further unless more people are educated about the problem and start to take preventative measures themselves.

The main causes of glaucoma are attributed to an age-related loss of natural antioxidants within the eye that leads to both physical and oxidative-stress damage to the eye. Tests have shown that there is a direct correlation between deminished antioxidant levels in lachrymal tear fluid and blood plasma levels and the progression of glaucoma. It is also suggested that as the protective capacities of antioxidants and protease diminish with age, the rate of crystalline damage increases proportionately also.

Glaucoma treatment with Carnosine and N-Acetyl-Carnosine eye drops

The very best treatment available for glaucoma is to use NAC eye drops for glaucoma in conjunction with daily supplementation with Carnosine. The eye drops are applied topically to the eyes and penetrate the cornea to deliver the Carnosine into the aqueous humour inside of the eye, where it then goes to work repairing the damage and helping to reduce elevated intraocular pressure. A proportion of the Carnosine taken orally will also get delivered to the eyes, via the bloodstream, and thus help the eye drops to work even faster and more efficiently.

Ageless Eyes of the future

As more and more is learned about the importance of antioxidants and the roles that they have to play in maintaining good eye health by reducing oxidative-stress damage, combined with people become more and more educated themselves, we should see a significant reduction in the numbers of people suffering from these debilitating eye diseases in the not too distant future. Regular eye examinations are of paramount importance, as early detection of many ocular disorders make treatment a lot easier, quicker and much more effective. Using antioxidants, like the ones discussed above, as a prophylactic measure is also very highly recommended to help prevent the onset of eye diseases in the first place. If you start using them daily now, then you may never have to worry about eye problems in the future, and thus enjoy truly ageless eyes.

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Author: Peter Aldred

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