Open Angle Glaucoma

Supportive Management

(For controlling eye pressure and maintaining general eye health)

  • Maintain a healthy diet containing green leafy vegetables and fish rich in omega-3 oils (e.g. sardines, tuna, anchovies, and salmon).
  • Avoid activities such as pushing and lifting heavy objects.
  • Avoid wearing tight and constricting clothes.
  • Have adequate fluid intake (around 8 glasses per day) and increase fiber intake to avoid straining during defecation, which may increase intraocular pressure.
  • Using a wedge pillow or bed risers, raise the head of the bed by 20 degrees when sleeping.
  • Manage other health conditions that are associated with more severe vision loss in those with glaucoma (e.g. diabetes mellitus, hypertension).
  • Have routine eye check-ups for monitoring of the disease progression. At the same time, this allows for timely intervention and prevents further loss of vision.

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Herbal Medicine

  • Anti-oxidant-rich foods
    • For prevention or delay of progression of glaucoma; for promotion of eye health
    • Consume varieties of fruits and vegetables. Consume by eating liberally or by including in cooked meals.
      • Lutein-rich foods: mango, carrots, corn, dark leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, squash
      • Zeaxanthin-rich foods: orange, corn, orange bell pepper, honeydew melon
      • Vitamin-A-(Beta-carotene)-rich foods: dark leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, carrots
      • Vitamin-C-rich foods: citrus fruits (calamansi, orange, orange, grapes, lemon), broccoli, tomatoes, berries
      • Vitamin-E-rich foods: avocado, sweet potato, almonds, spinach, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, broccoli, papaya
      • Zinc-rich foods: spinach, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds


Consult doctor:

  • For appropriate diagnosis and management (eye medications, surgery, or other therapies).