The diet of the patient suffering from glaucoma should be based on three basic food groups, namely, seeds, nuts and grains; vegetables and fruit, with emphasis on raw vitamin C-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. The breakfast may consist of oranges or grapes or any other juicy fruits in season and a handful of raw nuts or seeds. A raw vegetable salad with olive oil and lemon juice dressing, two or three whole wheat chappatis and a glass of buttermilk may be taken for lunch. The dinner may comprise steamed vegetables, butter and cottage cheese.
Certain nutrients have been found helpful in the treatment of glaucoma. It has been found that the glaucoma patients are generally deficient in vitamins A, B, C, protein, calcium and other minerals. Nutrients such as calcium and B complex have proved advantageous in relieving the intraocular condition. Many practitioners believe that intraocular pressure in glaucoma can be lowered by vitamin C therapy. The patient should embark on various methods of relaxing and strengthening the eyes. He should keep away from emotional stress and develop a peaceful, restful life style. He should also avoid prolonged straining of the eyes such as occurs during excessive television or movie watching and too much reading. The use of sun glasses should be avoided.