Glaucoma on the rise
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WARNING: More Americans are getting glaucoma
It’s one of the most common causes of vision loss on the entire planet… one that hits seniors especially hard.
And in most cases, it’s COMPLETELY avoidable!
But not enough of us are doing our part to avoid glaucoma, because new numbers show the rate of this disease is skyrocketing.
In the coming years, there are going to be 1 MILLION new cases in the United States alone — a jump from the estimated 3 million who have it today.
And all of those new cases are going to appear in a little more than a decade.
Many of the folks who get the condition won’t even know they have it — not at first, anyway. Some of them are no doubt in the early stages of it right now and don’t realize it.
By the time they find out, it could be far too late to do much about it.
They can expect the condition to ultimately steal up to 40 percent of their vision, starting around the edges.
Eventually, it feels like you’re looking at the world through a tunnel.
I’m not about to let that happen to me… and I’m sure you don’t want that to happen to yourself.
So, keep your eyes on this page, because I’m about to share with you three quick tips that can not only prevent glaucoma, but STOP or even REVERSE the condition if you do get it.
First, get regular vision exams.
I know they’re a hassle, especially if they mean shelling out extra cash for a new set of glasses. Or, maybe you have perfect vision and don’t think it’s worth your time.
But there’s one key part of that exam — where they fire that little puff of air at your eyes — that’s important no matter how good your eyesight is, because that’s when they check for glaucoma.
Second, eat plenty of leafy greens. They’re packed in vision-protecting nitrate, which can help relax the blood vessels and keep your circulation in good shape.
That’s great for your overall health, and especially important to your eyes: A study last year found a nitrate-rich diet will cut your risk of glaucoma by 21 percent.
And third, if you do get this condition, don’t give up.
If you catch it early, you can beat it — often without drugs. Natural therapies can help reduce the pressure in the eye that marks the disease. Some of your best options are the basics: vitamin C, ginkgo biloba, and magnesium.
Many of the best sources of magnesium are also loaded with that nitrate I just mentioned — so, eat plenty of spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, and you might never have to worry about glaucoma.