A number of lifestyle studies have hinted at lifestyle factors that may help stave off glaucoma. The following strategies could help prevent glaucoma:
- Exercise regularly. Exercising 30 minutes, 3 days a week have been shown to reduce pressure in the eye which in turn reduces your risk to developing glaucoma.
- Eat green leafy vegetables. Leafy greens are packed with nitrates (nitric oxide) which are an important eye pressure lowering signaler.
- Wear sunglasses. Ultraviolet light—especially when reflected off bright surfaces, such as snow or water—can increase the risk of certain types of glaucoma.
- 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.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. Patients with higher or lower body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk for glaucoma.
- Avoid inverted head postures. Certain yoga exercises which require inverted head positions increase pressure in the eye which increases risk to glaucoma.