* Taking extra amounts of the antioxidant lutein can help improve vision and overall eye health, according to published studies. Available in supplements, lutein is also found in dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, and red or yellow vegetables and fruits.
* Those with a family history of glaucoma need to insist that their ophthalmologists check their optic nerves frequently to detect any signs of damage, or they may later find that they have suffered some irreversible optic nerve loss while the pressure in their eye remained within normal limits. For decades, screening for glaucoma depended on the discovery of elevated intraocular pressure. However, it is now known that some patients with glaucoma have normal eye pressures (a condition called normal-tension glaucoma or NTG) and elude diagnosis during routine eye exams.
* Many different eye drops can help slow and even prevent vision loss due to glaucoma. Your eye doctor may prescribe Azopt, Cosopt, Lumigan, Timolol, Timoptic, Travatan, Trusopt, or Xalatan, among others. Some glaucoma eye drops may lower systemic blood pressure, too.
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