oxidative stress

Turmeric offers effective neurprotection - may be important in glaucoma to prevent optic nerve damage

Submitted by dave on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 11:23am

Regular use of traditional dietary spices such as turmeric in one's cooking may be important for glaucoma patients. The use of complete spices (e.g., turmeric rather than curcumin, which is an isolated fraction of turmeric) is important as well as the use of multiple complimentary spices according to long-established wisdom such as found in Ayurveda. Still, the research backing up anti-oxidant properties of turmeric is a useful read.

More on oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases

Submitted by dave on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 10:34pm

Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease of the optic nerve. Neuroprotection should be of great interest to any glaucoma patient. The abstracts below deal with potential use of dietary antioxidants in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.

Calabrese V, Cornelius C, Mancuso C, et al:

Cellular Stress Response: A Novel Target for Chemoprevention and Nutritional Neuroprotection in Aging, Neurodegenerative Disorders and Longevity.

Neurochem Res 2008

New to Glaucoma (and the forum!)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 05/07/2007 - 5:24pm

Hello, everyone.

Thanks to the power of Google I came across this wonderful site.  I'm a 30 year-old in Phoenix, AZ with low/normal pressure Glaucoma.  I was diagnosed in February '07 after switching eye care providers.  For the last handful of years, I had been going to Nationwide Vision Center for my annual eye exams.  They never required me to undergo eye dilation, and not knowing how important that is, I never insisted.  When I switched to my current eye doctor, she dilated my eyes and the rest is history.

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Age related changes in the lamina cribrosa

Submitted by dave on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 7:48pm

This article isn't new, but I found the abstract interesting. Since the time of publication a lot of research has been done on oxidative stress and Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE) in glaucoma. In a vicious cycle AGEs lead to the generation of reactive oxygen species and AGE production is promoted by oxidative stress. Both are thought to be factors in the increasing stiffness of the lamina cribrosa.

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