Can Chiropractic Care Help with Glaucoma?

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Glaucoma is a disease of the eye and is the second leading cause of blindness.  Left untreated, glaucoma will slowly progress.  Pressure in the eye is often the root cause of glaucoma.  Lowering pressure in the eye can slow down or even completely alleviate symptoms of glaucoma, so early detection is key to managing it. What many people don’t realize and what research suggests is that chiropractic care can have positive effects for vision and can help manage this eye disease.  If you are affected by glaucoma, get in touch with a Bentonville chiropractor as soon as possible to improve your vision.

What Causes Glaucoma?

Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, a large group of nerves that connects the brain to the retina.  The function of the optic nerve is crucial to allowing the brain to interpret what we see.  Any damage to the optic nerve, no matter how insignificant, can affect vision.  A normal eye will produce fluid that is essential to the health of the eye, and this fluid drains via a drainage port. With glaucoma, the eye doesn’t drain properly, causing the pressure of the eye to increase.  This pressure, if not managed, will cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to vision problems.  Those with high blood pressure are also more at risk for developing glaucoma.  The problem with glaucoma is that by the time it is diagnosed, the damage may already be done.  Thankfully, continued research has shown that chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor may, in fact, stop the progression of the disease and improve vision.

The Positive Effects of Chiropractic Care for Vision Improvement

If all you associate chiropractic care with is back or neck pain, then you may be wondering just how chiropractic adjustments can affect your vision.  The answer lies within the central nervous system.  The central nervous system is responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from the brain.  These messages tell the body what to do.  Central nervous system function is imperative to overall health and wellness.  Any miscommunication within the CNS can lead to a slew of problems.  Spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication and can be the source of dysfunction within the body, including glaucoma.  Gentle adjustments from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can remove spinal misalignments to restore health and function of the body, specifically the optic nerve.  With regular chiropractic care, vision impairment from glaucoma can be slowed down and sight can improve.  The incredible health benefits of chiropractic care are too good to pass up!

Glaucoma Research

Studies have looked at the science behind chiropractic care specifically for managing glaucoma.  These chiropractic case studies support consistent chiropractic adjustments as a means for improving vision.  One case study looked at a 40-year-old woman with early stages of glaucoma.  Her ophthalmologist recommended chiropractic care to reduce eye pressure. After just 25 visits, it was determined that her intraocular pressure had decreased and progression of the disease had not only stopped but actually reversed.  Another case study focused on a 25-year-old woman with only 2% vision function in one of her eyes.  With regular chiropractic care, her field of vision improved to 20%.

If you suffer from vision problems, consider what chiropractic care can do for you.  Contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to set up an appointment.



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.