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How to Prevent Glaucoma, Risk Factors Glaucoma

A number of lifestyle studies have hinted at lifestyle factors that may help stave off glaucoma. The following strategies could show you how to prevent glaucoma:

  1. Exercise regularly. Exercising 30 minutes, 3 days a week have been shown to reduce pressure in the eye which in turn reduces your risk of developing glaucoma.
  2. Eat green leafy vegetables. Leafy greens are packed with nitrates (nitric oxide) which are an important eye pressure lowering signaler.
  3. Wear sunglasses. Ultraviolet light—especially when reflected off bright surfaces, such as snow or water—can increase the risk of certain types of glaucoma. 
  4. Daily dental hygiene.  Dental diseases are known to trigger inflammatory reactions that can affect the optic nerve of the eye which potentially can lead to glaucoma.
  5. Maintain a healthy body weight. Patients with higher or lower body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk for glaucoma.
  6. Avoid inverted head postures. Certain yoga exercises which require inverted head positions increase pressure in the eye which increases the risk to glaucoma.   


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