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Scientists Discover New Role for Vitamin C in the Eye and the Brain

Submitted by dave on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 12:57pm

Optic nerve cells require vitamin C in order to function properly. Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D., a senior scientist at OHSU's Vollum Institute and a co-author of a new study showing how essential vitamin C is in retinal nerve cells had this to say:

We found that cells in the retina need to be 'bathed' in relatively high doses of vitamin C, inside and out, to function properly.

new vitamin C and retinal health study

Submitted by osip7315 on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 9:51pm

vitamin C is very  important  for retinal health ! best got with it's cofactor's from  pasturized fruit

 “The brain has special receptors, called GABA-type receptors, that help modulate the rapid communication between cells in the brain. GABA receptors in the brain act as an inhibitory "brake" on excitatory neurons in the brain. The OHSU researchers found that these GABA-type receptors in the retinal cells stopped functioning properly when vitamin C was removed.”

Damaged Eye nerve

Submitted by Sarmad on Sat, 07/09/2011 - 4:14pm

A doctor has recently checked my eyes and told that that my left eye nerve is damaged by about 80-90 percent. Can they really see damaged nerve by their devices and decide this percentage? My pressure is 20 in both eye. He prescribed a drop for both eyes, but how about if irritated, what could be the alternative. Is there any easy way to ease the pressure. Thanks

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Submitted by surman77 on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:46am

Our daughter had been operated for congenital cataract in her right eyes when she was less than 2 months of age in Feb 2006.She had been wearing contact lens since then and very recently in May 2011 (at 5 1/2 yrs of age) has undergone IOL implant surgery.Her intraocular eye pressue has been checked 2-3 times in between 2yrs-5yrs of age and was found to be normal  around 18mm Hg.Last IOP was calculated in May 2009.After surgery during routine followups her IOP was found to be 32 mm Hg.She is now adminstrered the eyedrops for 3 weeks for controlling her eye pressure .There was no change in th

Natural cure for diabetes--how do we do it for glaucoma?

Submitted by Girish on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:05pm

SALT LAKE CITY — British researchers may have found a cure for Type 2 diabetes. But there’s a hitch.

You have to starve yourself for eight weeks.

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my approach to glaucoma: ammonia and neurodegenerative disease

Submitted by robekb on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 1:37pm

My newest find.
We know from TCM about the liver - eye connection. Here is how one of these links works.
I have finally managed to check ammonia level (apart from other liver function tests).
A big hit. A big elevation (surprise, because I do not have any classic symptoms of ammonia overload).
High ammonia = subclinical hepatic encephalopathy = increased intercranial pressure and many other things commonly associated with glaucoma.
There is a plethora of research about the liver's impact in neurodegenerative diseases, surprisingly none about the liver's involvement in the pathogenesis of glaucoma.

Left eye optic nerve damaged

Submitted by coolhyderabad on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 7:56am

 Hi, I'm new to this forum.

I don't have vision in my left eye, I'm having this from past 20 years, at present i'm 32 years old. When i consulted doctor, he said the optic nerve were damaged, the blood is not passing thru those nerves, thats why vision is not there. I'm having blurred vision in my left eye. 

I have good eye sight in my Right eye. I want to know, is there any treatment for this or any surgeries be performed to get vision in my left eye ??


- Thanks, 


cortisol, its metabolites and glaucoma

Submitted by robekb on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 2:47pm

I am slowly going through the hormones and glaucoma connection.
This is, I suspect, related to stress, malnutrition and intoxification.
But the main point is that finally the body is hit not only through raised cortisol (stress initially) but also malfunctioning liver and other tissues where cortisol is being metabolised, so that improper ratio of cortisol metabolites (even when on the surface cortisol level are fine) are further disrupting homeostasis.
This research paper had a "knockout" effect on me, especially given that I know that I fullfill probably the criteria for overexpression of 11betaHSD1.

Inhibition of 11b-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 lowers intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension

What supplements/foods increase IOP?

Submitted by dwgamble on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 6:34pm

I recently had my eye pressure measured after many many years.  Had measuremmts 3 months apart and got pressures ranging from 20 to 25.    I have scheduled  follow-up tests, but in the meantime I am trying to discover what I can do to lower IOP.    While I do believe that I am a good candidate for the 'white coat syndrome', I want to do something on my own to reduce IOP. 


Submitted by lookforlohith on Tue, 05/31/2011 - 11:56am

Hi comrades
  I had my LASIK 2 years back, my Myopia was 4(left eye) and 3.5(right eye). Until few months back there was a progrression in my sight again and last time the report is 1.75 and 0.75. (after tat it increased more and i have not got it checked)

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Newly diagnosed, although I have had Glaucoma for 10 years

Submitted by shandlerr on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 3:39pm

Hello fellow Glaucomians,

I was diagnosed this year on April 19 with Glaucoma, after visiting an eye clinic noticing that the vision in my left eye was a bit fuzzy. I had always had 20/20 vision - and still do (well, 20/25 now), but never was an eyeglass-wearer and, shamefully, my last visit to the eye doctor was circa 1997.

Can any natural system of medicine -- homeopathy or naturopathy or other -- cure glaucoma?

Submitted by dave on Fri, 05/27/2011 - 6:13pm

When thinking about the fundamental principles of health, I have to wonder how effective any pill (homeopathic or vitamin or other) can be for a chronic disease like glaucoma that takes decades to develop.

In another thread on glaucoma, emotions, stress and NTG, Dr. Ritch said:

Pigmentary dispersion syndrome is associated with perfectionistic, detail-oriented, high stress people.

No herb or vitamin pill is going to change those traits. (Even psychiatric medicines won't fundamentally change them -- only suppress them, at best.) The research from psychoneuroimmunology (see Dr. Candace Pert's work) shows that these personality traits turn into biochemical molecules in the body -- powerful chemicals that are more potent and more abundant than most pharmaceutical medicines --- and that come in a endless supply day after day. We wake up every morning and never forget to put on our personality. When we do so, our body is flooded with the biochemical signature of that personality. Any pill we take does little more than put a small dent in that massive stream of internally manufactured biochemical compounds. 

Think about that while reading this quote from a book by respected neurosurgeon Norman Shealy, M.D.**

Perhaps the best work in this field has been done by Dr. Caroline Thomas of Johns Hopkins Medical School. Her prospective studies of medical students have shown a high correlation with personality. Relatively specific personality quirks or defects predispose one to high blood pressure, tuberculosis, heart attack, cancer or suicide. These traits are present twenty to thirty or more years before the onset of disease. It appears that our “life script,” meaning our unconscious decisions regarding how our life will play itself out, provides a long-term attitudinal precursor of illness.

I wasn't familiar with that research in any detail, and I'm not relying upon it -- but this is essentially the same conclusion my own personal research on intraocular pressure led me to, and it is a core message of FitEyes because it conforms to time-tested principles of more than one traditional system of healing.

Here's the succinct way I like to state it (based on Ayurveda):

Consciousness structures the physiology.

Our habitual thought patterns, emotional patterns and lifestyle habits shape the form and function of the material structure of the body over time. We become physically who we are emotionally and psychologically. This is the most fundamental and powerful force shaping the development of any condition in the human body. Given that fact, how can we expect some little pill that we take to radically alter these long term trends?

Glaucoma medication allergies, Serene Impulse and emotions

Submitted by dave on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 4:28pm

In a recent discussion on the FitEyes email discussion list we had an interesting exchange about allergies to the glaucoma eye drops. If you want to see how serious this can be, one picture is worth a lot of words:

glaucoma eye drop medication allergy

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM, a FitEyes member wrote to the discussion list:


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