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Glaucoma, Vision Loss, and Chiropractic Care

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Glaucoma includes a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve, which is a large bundle of over one million nerves. The optic nerve connects the brain to the retina, the tissue at the back of the eye that converts light rays into impulses so that we can interpret images we see. A healthy and properly functioning optic nerve is absolutely vital for good vision, so any damage or risks to the optic nerve can negatively affect a person’s vision.

The eye produces a watery fluid that helps nearby tissues stay healthy via a drainage port. If the angle of the port is off, the fluid will not flow properly and eye pressure will increase. Eye pressure is usually a key component in someone who develops glaucoma, as it results in optic nerve damage and inevitable vision problems. Another big risk factor for possibly developing glaucoma is high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, glaucoma typically presents itself quite late in the development of the disease. It usually isn’t discovered until vision issues have already come about and the damage is seemingly irreversible. Thankfully, research has shown great gains in glaucoma care and chiropractic has proven to be a viable option for both preventing glaucoma and improving vision after the onset of the disease.

Chiropractic Care for Vision Loss

Proper function of the body is based completely on proper function of the central nervous system. The brain and spinal cord control all functions and processes of the body, so if there is an issue within the central nervous system, any variation of problems can occur. Glaucoma, vision loss, and all other eye problems can be linked to a miscommunication between the brain and the components of the eye. This miscommunication usually presents itself in the form of nerve interference in the spine caused by a spinal misalignment.

A Charlotte chiropractor can provide a scientific and gentle adjustment to restore spinal alignment and proper function to the entire body, including the eye and optical nerve. Several cases of vision loss and diagnosed glaucoma have been studied over the course of several decades, particularly in regards to chiropractic care as a viable treatment option.

A 40-year-old woman was diagnosed with borderline glaucoma and encouraged by her ophthalmologist to begin intervention to reduce her intraocular pressure. She began chiropractic care and received regular adjustments over the course of 2.5 months. After 25 adjustments, she was reassessed by her ophthalmologist and he reported that her intraocular pressure decreased and the onset of the disease had reversed.

A 25-year-old female who had only one eye with just 2% of normal vision field sought chiropractic care for unrelated issues. After just four adjustments, the individual’s vision field increased to 20% of normal and her central acuity had improved.  An 18-year-old female sought chiropractic care for pain and tingling in her neck, back, shoulders, and extremities. She had suffered a stroke four years prior, after which she underwent surgery. Immediately following the surgery, she reported blurry vision and loss of vision in her left eye. After just two adjustments, she reported fully restored vision in her left eye, and she also saw a reduction in her other symptoms and complaints.

Your local Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Grant Lisetor, would love the opportunity to help you or your loved one experience a new way of life with chiropractic care. Contact Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte to set up your consultation today!

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McClimon, M.E., McClimon, D.G., Krotee, M. “Improved Intraocular Pressure in a 40-Year-Old Female Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Subluxation.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Spring 2017: 2.

Wingfield, B.R., Gorman, R.E. “Treatment of Severe Glaucomatous Visual Field Deficit by Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Therapy: A Prospective Case Study and Discussion.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies, 2000 Jul-Aug; 23(6): 428-434.

Saffron, B., Murdock, B. “Resolution of Vision Loss in a Teenage Girl Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2017 July: 40-44.


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