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Keep a clear eye during National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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According to The National Institutes of Health approximately 2 million Americans currently suffer from glaucoma, a disease characterized by people seeing “halos” at night, experiencing blurred vision, headaches, and loss of peripheral vision, and eventually irreversible blindness, primarily (but not wholly) due to increased intraocular pressure on the optic nerve.

Not only is it the leading cause of blindness among African Americans, it is the second most widely cause for vision loss after cataracts throughout the world, affecting 1 out of every 200 people aged 50 and younger, and 1 out of 10 people 80 years old and up.

“It’s a shame that so many people live a life of compromised quality due to glaucoma, when they clearly do not have to,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center in Tampa, FL. “People continue to do so because of all the incorrect information that is perpetuated. The myths need to be put to rest once and for all.”

According to Kondrot, one of the main myths is the “idea that nothing can be done about it, those who have it must take eye drops, and that people must get surgery for it.”

He also feels strongly that people can prevent the disease taking the following measures to protect and improve the function of the optic nerve:

1) Eat a diet consisting of at least 70% raw and organic foods, which are both higher in nutrition and lower in amounts of toxins. “Heat destroys the protein structures and causes a loss in amino acids, as well as loss in digestive enzymes,” states Kondrot.

2) Avoid foods high in high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.

3) Drink plenty of water

4) Be sure to get enough chromium in the diet, since “chromium deficiency can lead to a decrease of glucose in the ciliary muscles, which can cause an elevation of the eye pressure.” Chromium is found in foods high in calories, eggs, molasses, red wine and grapes, and the fat in red meat.

5) Exercise regularly to help improve overall vascular health and blood flow to the optic nerve, and helps lower the eye pressure.

Other methods used by Dr. Kondrot at his clinic include Microcurrent therapy, which is a weak electrical stimulation that improves blood flow, reduces inflammation, and stimulates cellular activity, and chelation therapy to “remove heavy metals from the body and aid in improving blood flow to the optic nerve.”

“With all that we know today there is no reason to have compromised vision from glaucoma,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “There are also no reasons to allow the myths of glaucoma to scare you into surgery or other eye drops. There is prevention and safer alternatives to addressing the situation. In my experience, when you take these steps you will see an improvement of your vision.”

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