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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.
American Academy of Ophthalmology (2003). Marijuana in the treatment of glaucoma (complementary therapy assessment). San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology. Also available online: http://one.aao.org/CE/PracticeGuidelines/Therapy_Content.aspx?cid=9871fa42-cf40-4c1f-b05c-c816d5f93126.
National Eye Institute (2009). NEI Statement: Glaucoma and Marijuana Use. Available online: http://www.nei.nih.gov/news/statements/marij.asp.
Other Works Consulted
Ritch R (2005). Complementary therapy for the treatment of glaucoma: A perspective. Ophthalmology Clinics of North America, 18: 597–609.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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