Would you eat more of this if it stopped you going blind? 37



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It’s the unsuspecting disease that is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and goes undiagnosed in most sufferers, but new research shows there is a simple way to ward of Glaucoma.

Over 300,000 Australians suffer from glaucoma and while it is more common as people age, it can occur at any stage in your life. Unsurprisingly, as the Australian population becomes older the proportion of glaucoma patients is increasing.

One in eight Australians over 80 years old will develop glaucoma, with first degree relatives of glaucoma patients having a shocking ten-fold increased risk of developing the disease. One of the most severe side-effects of Glaucoma is blindness, which occurs in 10% of sufferers.

In welcome news, a study has found a diet rich in leafy, green vegetables can reduce the risk of contracting the disease in the first place. Vegetables such as spinach, green beans and cabbage can help ward of the disease according to the study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. The real winners though, were kale and collard greens, which were shown to significantly reduce the chances of contracting the disease.

Other excellent sauces of glaucoma-fighting vegetables are:

Collard greens
Green beans

Will you change your diet habits to improve your eyesight? What steps do you take at the moment?

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  1. I’m with the above comment, 46 years vegetarian eating either cabbage or broccoli only for dinner at least 5 nights a week did not stop the condition, so rather dubious of these “findings”.

  2. I have had Glaucoma for 16 years, eat all my veggies since young. I was told it was hereditary, my Aunt had it and two of my siblings have it. Mine is controlled by a drop, one each night in both eyes, and a wonderful eye doctor. So not sure about findings, however if it works for others I would be only too pleased for them.

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    • I have had this disease since I was forty. 27 years now and was told it was inherited from a gene in my family. No one else has it but three members of my family wear glasses. My grandson who is seven always ask me why I need these drops and I tell him I may go blind. So when I stay over he asks me have I taken my drops and my tablets.

    • Pat I know what you mean, my 5 year old granddaughter was born with a eye problem in her left eye, due to it not developing in the womb properly. At age 2 years her left eye has Glaucoma so she has eye drops each night in it. When she visits me and stays overnight we put our eye drops in together, actually the adults put it in for her, her Pa does it as I do mine. It is a lot for a little one to take on and to her it just a natural thing to do. Both her parents have worked very hard for her to realise at a young age, what she needs to do and she does it wonderfully.

  3. I have no family history of glaucoma, but developed it at 56. Always eat my greens, so don’t know what happened there!

  4. Both my Dad and his sister had Glaucoma and both my Mum and Dad had Macular Degeneration. Dad was about 45 when he got Glaucoma and he lived to 88. I’ve eaten all the green leafy foods and eat fish about 10 times per week. I don’t eat Margarine and trans fats. I have 5 siblings so one of us will no doubt get one or both but so far we are dodging both. The eldest is 69 and youngest is 54. I’m in the middle. Dad lost his sight more from the strokes than Glaucoma and Mum from MD. I’ve had suspicious disks for about 30. Thanks for the reminder I need to have my eyes checked. I would do anything not to get MD.

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  5. I have glaucoma but get checked by my opthalmolagist every nine months to check the rate of progress

  6. Collard greens? Is this an American story or have I been missing something at the green grocer

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    • It is the general name for all those cabbage related greens that don’t have ‘tight’ leaves forming a head (like a cabbage).

  7. My mother had glaucoma and eventually went blind. She always told me not to neglect my eyes and have regular checks, which I do. It involves pressure tests with an optometrist. He also looks at the back of my eyes. Mum ignored the first signs thinking it was just old age.

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