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Glaucoma, elevated intraocular pressure, membrane permeability and emotions

Submitted by dave on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 4:07pm

For those of us with glaucoma or ocular hypertension, our goal is for the fluid in the eye (aqeous humor) to be able to flow freely out the two exit pathways from the eye. In this context, we had a recent discussion on the benefits of fish oil and DHA for glaucoma. In this discussion, someone raised this point:

Quote: "fish oil can improve membrane permeability"

That's a useful fact on its own. But that got me thinking about what I have learned from teaching and practicing Serene Impulse (and doing so as both a glaucoma patient and a personal self-tonometry researcher).

Fish oils (including DHA) may have a small effect on IOP -- but much less of an effect than other things I have identifed as a result of mixing self-tonometry and Serene Impulse -- and also as a result of interacting with other tonometer owners in the FitEyes community.

In pursuing knowledge that will help me manage glaucoma, I have a guiding principle: don't waste your time going after the small change. Go for the stuff with the big payoff. Mental and emotional tension, which always lead to tissue contraction, are a key area where we can find that big payoff. For some background, please see this link:

And here's another related post by Bailey:

And I will expand on all of this in the present article and tie it together into an (informal) theory of elevated intraocular pressure.

Astaxanthin, a dietary carotenoid, protects retinal cells

Submitted by FitEyesAdmin on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 9:54pm

Attached is an interesting study regarding "Astaxanthin" in the neuro protection of retinal cells (which could have implications for glaucoma). This was forwarded to me by a fiteyes member. A little research shows that there are some micro algae based supplements for obtaining this - In light of modern toxins, I am a little hesitant with consuming the amount of seafood that is probably necessary for getting this naturally in the diet.

Very Severe Astigmatism after trabeculectomy

Submitted by GordonWatts on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 5:57pm

Looking for feedback.

I had trabeculectomies done on both eyes (2 weeks apart) about 5 months ago.  My surgery was a success according to the surgeon (no infection,  IOP 10).  The only problem is that I am now left with very severe astigmatism (3.75 in one eye, 5.75 in the other).  My opthamoligist seems clueless (i am looking for a new one).  I have heard that this clears up with time but that is not my experience so far.  Any feedback, suggestions would be appreciated.

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Chia Seeds

Submitted by Girish on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 5:13pm

 Am currently reading the book "Born to Run" -

This book mentions chia seeds eaten by Mexico's ancient running tribe to increase strength. They seem to be a good source of Omega 3 and other vitamins. Does anyone have any first hand experience with this? 

I got a pack today from Wegmans - just made a drink - its called Chia Fresca. Instructions here

Latanoprost vs xalatan

Submitted by billym on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 8:47am

I have been using Xalatan for the last 10 years and the mail order sent me Latanoprost instead of Xalatan. I requested Xalatan when I ordered but the sent me Latanoprost (made by Apotex corp.  I wonder if the generic version is as good as Xalatan?  Has anyone here compared it.  I have had zero problems with xalatan.

thyroid and biofilm involvement in glaucoma

Submitted by osip7315 on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 10:20pm

i can't really prove it but i think that since eating thryoids regularly i have moved out of the danger sphere!

“ In Graves disease, IOP may be raised as a result of contraction of the extraocular muscles against intraorbital adhesions or orbital congestion due to increased tissue volumes. In the case of hypothyroidism, excessive mucopolysaccharide accumulation within the trabecular meshwork acts like a surfactant, sticking together adjacent endothelial membranes. ”

Persistent limit- values for glaucoma

Submitted by fonseca on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 2:54pm


My mother has had glaucoma for several years now, unfortunately detected in an already advanced state (current vision loss of about 75%).

Her doctor has tryed a number of different drops over the years, but average iop has never dropped below 19-21 (it varies from one visit to the next). She is followed by our oftalmologist every 60 days.

Her  medications are azopt in the morning, duotrav in the afternoon and xalacom at night.

Second meeting of FitEyes Interactive Group!

Submitted by Bailey on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 1:40pm
  • TOPIC: "Lifestyle and glaucoma:  Diet, exercise, and managing stress" I will also be moderating this second meeting which will be a phone conference the same as the first one.
  • DATE AND TIME: 8:15 - 9:15 pm EDT (Miami time) Thursday  May 19, 2011. The main part of the meeting is planned for an hour, but for those who wish to hang around, I plan to have an approximate ½ hour informal sharing time afterward just as we did in the first meeting.

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    Ghee for nervous system and eyes health

    Submitted by Donatella on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 1:40pm

    ...Having been diagnosed with glaucoma 2 years ago, only recently I started to to follow ayurvedic health practices to improve generally an aggravated pita/vata condition which is mainly responsible for neurological and vision problems, among others. After just a week of feet and head massage with ghee and using ghee drops in eyes and nose, I already notice general improvement not only in my eye pressure but also in terms of general well being, calmness and softness in the eyes...

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    Vitamin C eye drops

    Submitted by Ilanaboo on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 8:47am


    I'm a pharmacy student, and has gotten a task of doing a presentation about vitamin C eye drops. After some internet searching, I've found that the use of it is for glaucoma, but finding any other information is not too easy. It has been helpfull looking a little around here, though.

    What I want to ask is if anyone can give me examples of actual eye drops containing vitamin C? We are supposed to "make" these ourselves, but also compare our "product" to existing products on the market. I think maybe you here on this web page are the best resource I might find.

    Eye surgery - eye valve for solving with very high eye pressure

    Submitted by snd_tren3 on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 6:07am

    Dear All,

    I am 53 year old woman and I was underwent to a surgery. Some kind of valve was put in my eye because in my right eye the eye pressure was very high - 48 :(

    Now I use drops additionally to be able to control it. I would like to ask if it is recommended to use a tonometer (still do not have such) and does it work in my case?



    Magnesium and its affects on my IOP

    Submitted by dsaito on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 10:53am

    I decided to test out my theory re: calcium and magnesium and I can say with certainty if I take a calcium supplement prior to bed, my IOP will spike the next morning.  

    Going on the theory that calcium and magnesium act as opposites in the body, I have been taking magnesium supplements prior to bed. 

    I am using Peter Gillham's Natural Calm.  He offers products with calcium and magnesium blended as well as magnesium alone. 

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    vitamin c solution as an eye drop for glaucoma

    Submitted by tanya on Wed, 04/20/2011 - 10:29am

    I understand that one can get a solution of 10% vitamin c plus some other ingredients from a compound pharmacy to reduce the iop. Has anyone tried that? if one has self-tonometer, then it would be easy to test the iop before and after the vitamin c drops. What are your thoughts?



    glaucoma damage rate?

    Submitted by manoj644 on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 8:28pm

    Can you please explain or give some information on the damage rate of glaucoma over a span of time ?

    For eg:- if today my loss is 70% and if i maintain my IOP below 20 or even below 15, how much time will it take for the damage to go to 75%.

    i mean i want to know that if i control my IOP how long can i save my eyesight, just a general idea, exact figure not necessary.

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    Ocular perfusion pressure and glaucoma risk

    Submitted by Bailey on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 6:17pm

    I am posting this from the Fiteyes google group.

    Lita wrote,

    (I am posting an exerpt to link because medscape requires a login)

    Are there vascular risk factors for glaucoma, such as vascular disease, hypertension, vasospasm, and ocular perfusion pressure (OPP, the difference between systolic, diastolic, or mean arterial blood pressure and ocular pressure)?


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