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Complementary Therapy for the Treatment of Glaucoma by Robert Ritch

Submitted by rritch on Sat, 02/13/2010 - 11:02am

by Robert Ritch, MD

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, and The New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Supported in part by the Joseph and Marilyn Rosen Research Fund of the New York Glaucoma Research Institute

Corresponding author: Robert Ritch, MD, Glaucoma Associates of New York, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 310 East 14th Street suite 304, New York, NY, 10003

Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy characterized by a specific pattern of optic nerve head and visual field damage. Damage to the visual system in glaucoma is due to the death of the retinal ganglion cells, the axons of which comprise the optic nerve and carry the visual impulses from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma represents a final common pathway resulting from a number of different conditions that can affect the eye, many of which are associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). It is important to realize that elevated IOP is not synonymous with glaucoma, but rather is the most important risk factor we know of for the development and/or progression of glaucomatous damage.

Researchers strike gold - saffron found to help vision loss in elderly

EDITOR: "All patients experienced improvements in their vision while taking the saffron pill."

The golden herb saffron may hold the key to preventing the loss of sight in the elderly, a world first trial by researchers at the University of Sydney and in Italy has found.

Melatonin and Glaucoma

Melatonin is a hormone synthesized in both plants and animals from the amino acid L-tryptophan. In mammals, such as humans, it is secreted by the pineal gland -- and by the retina -- and modulates the body's sleep pattern (and much more). Melatonin production in the body is triggered by darkness and inhibited by light, helping the body manage its natural rhythm. It is available over the counter as a dietary supplement in the United States.

Resveratrol Article by Robert Ritch, MD

Resveratrol Article by Robert Ritch, MD

Resveratrol is available in the FitEyes eStore. One recommended product is Natural Resveratrol Mega Potency Liquid Concentrate 16 fl. oz. by NOW Foods

Quercetin has neuroprotective effects

Quercetin and quercetin glycosides

by Makoto Aihara, MD., PhD.

Quercetin is available in the FitEyes eStore. One recommended product is Quercetin with Bromelain 240 vcaps by NOW Foods

Non-pharmaceutical medications and approaches to glaucoma (all articles)

Submitted by rritch on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 9:33am

The blog post contains several articles. Keep scrolling down past the references at the end of each article to read the next article.

Section Leaders: Makoto Araie, Robert Ritch, Clement Tham

Contributors: Makoto Aihara, Aiko Iwase, Sandra Fernando, Michael S Kook, Simon Law, Robert Nussenblatt, Vincenzo Parisi, Nathan Radcliffe, Douglas Rhee, Kwok-Fai So, Raymond Chuen-Chung CHANG, He Wei, Lori Ventura

Consensus points

  • Plant extracts have been used medicinally throughout history. Every society has plants used medicinally
  • Even dogs eat grass when sick, while chimpanzees consume a variety of non-food plants medicinally. This is learned behavior
  • Our modern pharmacopoiea of drugs were originally synthesized from plants used medicinally. These include vitamin C, digitalis, penicillin, and pilocarpine.
  • Chinese traditional medicine in its written form dates back 5000 years.
  • Technically speaking, vitamins fall into this category. We depend on essential vitamins from food for survival. There is a fine line between nutrition and medicinal uses of plants.
  • It was only in the 20th century, with the advent of single molecule products synthesized and patented by pharmaceutical companies and U.S. medical school philosophiesthat other non-pharmaceutical traditional medications came under attack, leading often to their being ridiculed and held in contempt.Thus, in order to get away from this view, we prefer the term “non-pharmaceutical therapy” to “alternative” or “complementary”
  • Many available natural compounds used as “non-pharmaceutical therapy” have been reported to show beneficial effects on circulation, the immune system, and neuroprotective activities in vitro and in vivo.
  • The mechanism of action of neuroprotection most common to natural compounds is antioxidant/free radical scavenging activity. However, many other actions are present and some extracts, such as Gingko biloa and curcumin have widespread activity on a number of enzyme systems.
  • Comment: Some of these compounds reportedly modify expression of enzymes relating to excitotoxicity, apoptosis, inflammation, lipid peroxidation, or immune stimulation. Some of these compounds have undergone clinical trials to evidence their effects on systemic diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders.

Curcumin in eye diseases

Submitted by dave on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 12:22am

Curcumin has been implicated in the treatment of certain eye diseases and conditions, including chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory condition of the vascular layer, particularly the iris. Read about a study that suggests that curcumin may be an effective therapeutic for a variety of inflammatory eye conditions.

Are herbs effective for lowering eye pressure?

Submitted by dave on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 8:16pm

My original expectation was that elevated intraocular pressure would respond to herbs (and vitamins) in the same way every other physical complaint I had encountered in my life responded.

My initial strategy for managing my IOP was a strategy built on herbs and supplements. That strategy was a complete 100% total failure.

Cure for glaucoma which leads to blindness may be on its way: lymphatics found in eye

Submitted by dave on Wed, 04/07/2010 - 8:54am

Cure for glaucoma soon, says new research
newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-125456.html

October 6th, 2009 SindhToday
Toronto, Oct 6 (IANS) Cure for glaucoma which leads to blindness may be on its way.

Canadian researchers have discovered an unidentified form of circulation in the human eye which may provide important clues to glaucoma.

The human eye is considered to lack lymphatics – a circulation responsible for pumping fluid and waste out of tissues.

But now researchers at the Universityof Toronto and the local St Michael’s Hospital say the inability to clear that fluid from the eye is linked to glaucoma which currently affects over 66 million people worldwide.

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