Glaucoma can't be cured, and treatment doesn't always prevent further loss of vision, So you may be attracted to a treatment that some people claim is helpful, even though it has not been medically proved to work. Some alternative remedies can be harmful. Even when these treatments are not harmful, they can be expensive and time-consuming. Some alternative or complementary treatments have been tried for glaucoma. Although they may have some benefits, most alternative therapies either have not been studied or have not been shown to be effective in the treatment of glaucoma.
Examples of unproven methods to treat glaucoma include:
Many doctors believe glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease, rather than just a disease of high IOP. There is interest in treatments that help protect the nerve cells in the eye from damage caused by glaucoma (neuroprotective therapy). Although a number of these therapies are being investigated, none has yet been proved to be both safe and effective in the treatment of glaucoma.
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- National Eye Institute (2009). NEI Statement: Glaucoma and Marijuana Use. Available online: http://www.nei.nih.gov/news/statements/marij.asp.
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||February 28, 2012|
Last Revised: February 28, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
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