Serious vision problems can lead to blindness, and one of these serious eye conditions is called glaucoma.  Glaucoma is a condition that attacks the optic nerve.  There isn’t much known about what causes glaucoma, but it is related to fluid pressure build-up in the eye.  Our eyes are constantly filling up and being drained of fluid to keep the eye tissue healthy.   If the eyes can’t drain properly and the fluid continues to build up, that is when the problems with pressure develop. When increased pressure build-up reaches a high level, it causes damage to the optic nerve. The fluid and pressure in the eye doesn’t allow the optic nerve to take the light we see and turn it into images, causing vision problems to occur.

Who Is Affected by Glaucoma?

Glaucoma can affect people of any age, including men, women and children.  No one is exempt at any time. People with high blood pressure are more prone to developing glaucoma as a side effect of higher blood pressure. The problem with glaucoma is that by the time symptoms have appeared, the pressure build-up in the eye has already done some damage to the optic nerve, which is almost always irreversible.  The key is to prevent eye damage before it starts.  Research has shown that chiropractic care can have a significant impact on vision.  Regular adjustments from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can prevent glaucoma as well as improve vision after the onset of this disease.

Chiropractic Care and Glaucoma

How exactly is it that adjustments of the spine can affect the eyes?  The answer lies in the nerves.  The central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, is essential to how our bodies function.  The optic nerve communicates with the brain to tell it what our eyes are seeing.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference and disrupt this communication, which can lead to blurry vision or other eyesight issues such as glaucoma.  Regular adjustments from Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar will remove spinal misalignments and nerve interference so that the body can communicate optimally with the brain.

Glaucoma Case Studies

Case studies have explored the effect of chiropractic care for glaucoma, and they have shown promising results for those who suffer from this condition.  One such case study focused on a 40-year-old woman who showed early signs of glaucoma.  After two and a half months of regular chiropractic care, her ophthalmologist discovered that her intraocular pressure had decreased and the onset of glaucoma had been reversed. Another case study was of a 25-year-old woman who presented with only 2% of her normal field of vision.  After just four adjustments, 20% of her normal field of vision had returned.  Additionally, in another case study, an 18-year-old female sought chiropractic care for symptoms following a stroke, including blurry vision and loss of vision in her left eye.  After undergoing regular chiropractic care, her vision was fully restored in her left eye.

If you or someone you love is suffering from vision problems including glaucoma, take advantage of the benefits of chiropractic care from Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic.  Call to schedule your consultation.



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