Personal history - diag'ed severe UC in 1986. Always steroid dependent. Had colectomy in April 2017 and quickly developed Peristomal Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
My eye pressure has been an issue since 2001 when it spiked and it caused blinding halos for weeks. My docs gave me Xalatan and later Timolol to reduce the eye pressure. Unfortunately over the last year the eye drops were becoming less and less effective. At night one or both eyes would feel like they were ready to pop. I tried every eye drop I had including Alphagan and nothing helped. Three different eye doctors looked me over and saw nothing wrong except eye dryness. One gave me some expensive moisturizing drops which he claimed would fix things but it didn't help one bit.
Years ago one eye doctor suggested my glaucoma was due to iris pigment flaking off and blocking the fluid drainage via the trabecular meshwork. He said the usual treatment involved blasting new drainage paths with a laser but it didn't always work. Since then I've wondered if there was a better way to clear the trabecular meshwork. For years I used digestive enzymes to help with my UC and I wondered if there was a way to use enzymes to clear the drainage path.
This Sunday things got bad enough that I decided to research alternative treatments. Via Google I found a webpage that claimed doctors had used digestive enzymes to treat cataracts. It provided no information regarding dose or even whether it was administered orally or directly into the eye. Two years ago I experimented with DMSO as a treatment for my UC and had limited success. DMSO is used by veterinarians to reduce inflammation and to help topical medications better penetrate tissue. Putting one and one together I thought DMSO plus enzymes might do the trick. I grabbed an empty 2 ounce eyedropper bottle and mixed up a dilute solution of DMSO in tap water - probably ~5% - and dissolved roughly 20% of the contents of a digestive enzyme capsule into the bottle. After shaking the eyedropper bottle for two minutes I dripped three drops of the solution into my palm and placed it over my right eye then held it there while I blinked repeatedly to get the solution into my eye. I repeated those steps for my left eye. The drops didn't have any obvious immediate effect - no pain or stinging so it probably wasn't going to hurt my eyes.
An hour after taking my drops I noticed my right eye no longer hurt. After a few hours the pain had not returned and my vision felt great. Around 9pm I took the same dose of drops again just in case the pain returned during the night and it never did. Since then I haven't had any of the previous eye issues such as pain, blurred vision or halos. I've even had a 12oz cup of coffee two mornings in a row with no ill effects. While I haven't had a doctor check my eyes since using the drops these results are promising whether they are a temporary or permanent fix.
Just to cover my hindquarters - DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF. I did this as an experiment realizing not only might this not help but that it could permanently damage my eyes. While it worked for me it might not work for glaucoma in other patients.
Footnote - link to webpage suggesting using digestive enzymes for cataracts https://johngoosey.com/5-ways-to-reduce-cataract-symptoms/
Post Edited (weirdal1968) : 2/27/2018 9:14:19 PM (GMT-7)