A new and very exciting breakthrough in the treatment of glaucoma and its associated symptoms is the use of the natural compound N-Acetyl-Carnosine (or NAC for short). NAC occours naturally and is indigenous to our bodies and is said to be a major part of the body’s own repair mechanisms. NAC usually lays dormant in the body, locked inside our muscle tissue; heart, kidneys, lungs, brain, skeletal muscles etc. and is only released when damage is done to them. Like when you are doing heavy exercise in the gym and hit the ‘burn’, the NAC is then released to start repairing the damage that has been done.
NAC possesses the unique ability to actually rejuvenate, regenerate and extend the life-cycle of cells which is known as their Hayflick factor. It also possesses very powerful antioxidant and anti-glycation properties. NAC is NOT a drug, mineral or a vitamin and, as it is indigenous to the human body, there are no known contraindications nor adverse side-effects plus it does not react with any drugs.
Over time, glaucoma gradually leads to the loss of retinal ganglion cells which play a key role in how our vision functions by ‘projecting’ images to our mesencephalon, also called the mid-brain. The mid-brain is the part of our central nervous system which is associated with our vision, our hearing, our sleeping & waking, our arousal & alertness, our temperature regulation and our motor control. Basically, in layman’s terms, these are the cells which ‘harvest’ the visual data that we see and then transfer that information, via tiny electrical impulses, to the mid-brain where it is then processed and converted into what we know as our vision. When these retinal ganglion cells become damaged by glaucoma this causes our vision to deteriorate and eventually, if left untreated, it will lead to blindness.
The optic nerve is located at the back of our eyes and is the critical pathway between that which our eyes see and what our brain then translates into what we perceive as sight. A healthy optic nerve is made up of millions of tiny nerve filaments called axons; these radiate from the retinal ganglion cells and from the specialised nerve cells which collect and transmit the electrical signals which are generated as our eyes are constantly bombarded by light, colours, patterns, shapes, sizes and different imagery and all of these are then translated by our brain into what we see.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases which attack the optic nerve which results in a loss of retinal ganglion cells in the characteristic pattern of optic neuropathy. The presence of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a significant risk factor for the onset of glaucoma. Inside our eye channels the pressure is determined by a number of different factors; the fluid inflow rates, the fluid outflow rates, plus any factors of resistance in between. The resistance in these channels may build up inside the channel walls, in a very similar way that stiffening of our blood vessel walls will eventually lead to high blood pressure, or within the mesh-like structures in our eyes that the fluids enter and exit through. The aqueous humour is the name given to the clear, gel-like, fluid which is located inside the front part of our eyes. In an area of our eyes which is known as the ‘drainage angle’, this fluid passes through a mesh-like structure called the trabecular mesh-work; this is made up of cells and a supportive tissue matrix and if the outflow becomes sluggish, or is blocked, or if the fluid flow across this mesh-work is impaired by increased resistance due to greater matrix buildup, fewer cells, or both, it’s this fluid backup which causes excess pressure to build up within our eyes which leads to elevated intraocular pressure or IOP.
Tunnel vision, as depicted above, is the most common visual impairment associated with glaucoma and is a very real problem which occurs when about forty percent of the optic nerve fibers within our eyes become damaged and eventually die. These nerve filaments die off because each of them are associated with a mother cell called the retinal ganglion cell, or RGC for short. These RGCs are especially prone to free radical damage which results from the over-stimulation of receptors, and especially the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptor types. Glutamate is one of the most important stimulatory neural biochemicals or neurotransmitters in the brain, but glutamate must also be well regulated and cleared away by healthy tissues to avoid any secondary damage from occurring. As these nerve filaments die off, the edge of special nervous tissue inside the eye, known as the neural rim, begins to thin out and the cup which the optic nerve rests in gets larger. When this happens, a person may begin to start noticing a reduction in their ability to see at the edges of their field of vision which is known as loss of peripheral vision. As peripheral vision loss continues to get worse, the person affected may only be able to see clearly what is in the center of their field of vision and nothing, or very little, in their peripheral field. This condition is commonly known as tunnel vision and is one of the main symptoms that is associated with glaucoma and its accompanying visual impairment.
The intervention and benefits of nutrients for the natural treatment of glaucoma
Glaucoma is an age-related disease of the eyes and, in the case of the most common form, it is painless and so can go many years without being noticed, unless eye examinations and regular checkups are carried out. If left untreated glaucoma will eventually lead to loss of vision and ultimately to blindness.
Those most at risk from glaucoma are people who are sixty years old or over, are diabetic and ethnic people of Asian, Hispanic or African-American origins.
Newer adjunct and investigative glaucoma therapies include neuroprotection and this can include the use of additional nutrients to help support antioxidant pathways and to maintain vascular integrity.
By applying NAC glaucoma eye drops regularly throughout the day, they go to work immediately to start rejuvenating and regenerating the damaged cells and start to reverse the damage caused by glaucoma. They also work naturally to reduce the elevated intraocular pressure which is usually associated with glaucoma. NAC glaucoma eye drops are 100% natural and so there are non of the adverse side-effects usually associated with the use of prescription drugs for glaucoma like Xalatan, which include; inflammation, swelling and ocular cysts. Many patients with elevated intraocular pressure who have used NAC eye drops to treat their glaucoma have seen their intraocular eye pressures return back to within the normal range in just six weeks of commencing the treatment. They have also seen an improvement in their peripheral vision which was previously unheard of with the use of conventional drugs as NAC is the only substance which possesses this unique ability to rejuvenate and regenerate damaged cells.
NAC glaucoma eye drops also have excellent prophylactic properties and one or two drops should be applied daily, to each eye, to stop the onset of glaucoma and many other degenerative eye conditions including; cataracts, macular degeneration (AMD), corneal disorders, retinal disease, ocular inflammation, presbyopia, vitreous opacities & lesions, dry eye syndrome, chronic eye strain, contact lens disorders, blurred vision, computer vision syndrome and floaters.
Michael Wildman, who was the gentleman featured on the Richard & Judy Show trials with me, got his wife to try our Glaucoma Eye Drops as he got such great results with our other drops for cataracts as she suffered with glaucoma. Prior to using Bright Eyes Eye Drops for Glaucoma, she had used two different prescribed medications; Xalatan and one other, for over 2 years, with no signs of any improvements whatsoever. She was having six-monthly checkups and on her next checkup, after using Bright Eyes Eye Drops for Glaucoma, her ophthalmologist was amazed to report that her intraocular pressure had dropped from 28 mm/hg to 14 mm/hg which is back within the normal range. Her eye specialist was so amazed at such great improvements since her last check up that he then sent her for further test with a specialist and those subsequent tests confirmed that her periphery vision had also improved as well which is virtually unheard of with glaucoma sufferers.
Glaucoma Treatment Summary
Everyone is at risk of developing glaucoma; both young and old alike. Even when using standard prescribed medications and surgical treatments, intraocular pressure within the eyes may continue to escalate, and the glaucoma continue to advance, until ultimately the visual impairment eventually leads to blindness.
With a new and far greater understanding of the many different factors associated with the development of glaucoma, researchers are now more and more looking towards natural compounds and antioxidants and their related reactions on cell defense mechanisms and signaling, to support the integrity of the delicate tissues within our eyes and to promote the healthy flow of eye fluids and to support the condition of the aqueous humour.