Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some types of alternative medicine may help your overall health, but these won't treat or prevent glaucoma.

Some forms of alternative medicine that some people may participate in or use include:

  • Herbal remedies. Don't depend on herbal remedies for the primary care of glaucoma. A number of herbal supplements, such as bilberry, are advertised as glaucoma remedies, but have not been proved effective in preventing or treating glaucoma.

    Herbal supplements should never be used in place of proven therapies, and you should always discuss them with your doctor before trying them.

  • Relaxation techniques. Stress may trigger an attack of acute angle-closure glaucoma. If you're at risk of this condition, find healthy ways to cope with stress. Several techniques, such as meditation and biofeedback, can help reduce your stress.
Oct. 02, 2012