Tratamientos para el glaucoma no aprobados

Hay muchos tratamientos no aprobados que se promocionan en Internet y en otros lugares, que incluyen la marihuana o el cannabidiol (CBD), las células madre, los medicamentos a base de hierbas y los suplementos nutricionales.

There are many unapproved treatments promoted on the Internet and elsewhere, including marijuana or cannabidiol (CBD), stem cells, herbal medications, and nutritional supplements.

These treatments are not part of the standard of care in glaucoma treatment and may negatively affect your current treatment. You should talk to your doctor about any other treatment you are considering before starting it.

Mother cells

Stem cells have not yet been well studied in glaucoma patients to determine their ability to stabilize or reverse vision loss. The risks of undergoing stem cell injections could be significant and include infection, inflammation, and further vision loss.


Although marijuana lowers eye pressure, it has important disadvantages as a treatment for a chronic, long-term disease such as glaucoma, including that it only temporarily lowers eye pressure and that its use produces physical and mental side effects, such as alteration of judgment and coordination, increased paranoia, elevated heart rate, and eye irritation. Cannabidiol, or “CBD,” can actually increase eye pressure and therefore increase the risk of vision loss.

Herbal medicines and nutritional supplements

While good nutrition helps prevent disease and overall health, there is no convincing data to suggest that herbal medications or nutritional supplements, such as vitamins, help prevent glaucoma. Certain herbs such as ginkgo biloba and cranberries may even increase the risk of bleeding in glaucoma surgery.