Glaucoma refers to a group of eye disorders that can cause damage to the retina and the optic nerve. It is the number-one cause of total blindness.
The normally functioning eye has two compartments. The anterior compartment is found in front of the lens and associated structures, and the posterior compartment lies behind the lens.
The posterior compartment is lined with a lightsensitive tissue known as the retina. The retina receives focused images that pass through the lens, and then are transmitted to the brain through the optic nerve for recognition and interpretation.
The anterior compartment manufactures a constant amount of a clear fluid known as aqueous humor, which then circulates out of the anterior compartment through an intricate drainage system located in the corner of that compartment. It is an elaborate drainage system that allows the newly formed aqueous to flow out of that chamber. In so doing, the pressure created in the compartment is maintained at a normal and safe level as long as fluid is allowed to pass through the ultimate “drain plug” known as the trabecular meshwork.
If for any reason the drainage system is restricted or obstructed, the pressure in the chamber increases. That pressure increase is then transmitted to the posterior compartment which compresses the tiny capillary network of blood vessels which nourish the cells of the retina and, as a result, starve those very sensitive cells to that structure from a blood supply, leading to cell death.
It is common for glaucoma to develop with no warning whatsoever. The vision that is lost predominantly occurs in the patient’s peripheral vision with central vision being unaffected. In a sense, the visual world closes in on the patient so insidiously that it goes unnoticed.
Unfortunately many patients with glaucoma seek medical attention after significant peripheral vision has already been lost. It is at that point they will be informed that “nothing can be done” to restore any vision that has already been lost, and that all of the efforts from the eye professional will be directed to lowering intraocular pressures in an attempt to prevent further irrevocable eye damage and vision loss.
It is important to distinguish between two very different aspects of glaucoma:
- It is a drainage disorder of the anterior eye.
- It is a retinal disease that leads to vision loss.
Conventional medicine only attempts to intervene in correcting the drainage problem that has resulted in increased intraocular pressure (IOP). This is a vitally important treatment objective to lower IOP. There are numerous procedures available to the ophthalmologist to correct this drainage problem.
The Three-Step Program can and does lower intraocular pressure, but if these pressures cannot be lowered enough through noninvasive measures, everything in the arsenal of the eye doctor can and should be used. The pressures must be controlled at all costs, and a unique symbiotic relationship between conventional and alternative medical treatments should be successful in controlling this aspect of the disease.
Elevated intraocular pressure leads to the destruction of the retina. According to the medical profession, “nothing can be done” to restore any of the vision that has already been lost. I will avoid redundancy, and simply say that you can restore your lost vision now through the use of the Three-Step Program.
A special mention is required concerning medications prescribed by your eye doctor in the form of eye drops that patients instill into the eyes on a daily basis. It is the policy of Dr. Edward Kondrot, a board certified ophthalmologist and originator of the three-day treatment program, never to direct any patient to discontinue those eye drops. The prescription medication should only be adjusted and/or discontinued by the eye doctor who prescribed them.
As your IOP decreases, your ophthalmologist will automatically lower the dosage of the drops. It is likely that when the IOP is lowered substantially, he will withdraw the medications completely. You should also continue consulting with another eye professional, who can provide you with a second opinion as they also follow your intraocular pressures.
Intraocular pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, just as barometric pressure. There is actually no recognized normal intraocular pressure. These pressures are unique to each patient’s own physiology, and it is quite common to find that eye professionals who know their patients will establish a “target” range of IOP that is specific to them alone.
It is quite obvious that intraocular pressures in excess of twenty millimeters of mercury are never considered acceptable. By the same token, there is one form of glaucoma that is often referred to as low-pressure glaucoma where damage can occur to the retina when intraocular pressures are extremely low. In either case, a target IOP will be established. Whatever means are necessary to bring patients into a safe and acceptable target range will become the standard for that particular patient.
With that being said, surgical procedures are possible to control intraocular pressures when all other measures have failed. In keeping with our philosophy, they should be considered a treatment option of last resort.
Once the pressure component of glaucoma has been managed successfully, and whether that management has consisted of conventional or alternative measures or combinations of both, the beginning of the vision restoration program may commence. At that point, glaucoma becomes just another one of the many retinal diseases in which you can restore your vision with the Three-Step Program.