Your eyes are super complex organs. I shouldn’t have to tell you just how important your eyes are to you, but in case you’ve forgotten, you’re using them right now to you read this. Imagine a world in which you weren’t able to read my entertaining words and you were deprived of my natural health knowledge – sounds like a pretty dark world to me. So take good care of your eyes!
“Well, duh. I eat carrots all the time” you say. Carrots won’t cut it, though. Take a look at Bugs Bunny, he eats carrots by the truckload but he still doesn’t see Elmder Fudd and Yosemite Sam coming. Like any other part of your body, your eyes need to be nourished properly. You need to ensure that they’re not strained by too much intense work or inadequate light, but also that you have a healthy diet with a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals.
We’ve all experienced eye trouble at one time or another – eyes that are tired, bloodshot, dry, irritated, itchy, sensitive , watery, etc. Some eye problems – nearsightedness or cataracts, for instance – are localized problems, but other complications can be symptomatic of illnesses in other parts of your body. So let’s take a look at some of the most common eye problems, their symptoms, and how you can fix them.
Bags Under Your Eyes
As you grow older your skin slowly loses its elasticity, and muscles within the eyelids lose tone, causing what are commonly called bags under the eyes. Fat and fluids can also accumulate in the eyelid, producing swelling. Puffiness can be the consequence of allegories or excessive consumption of salt. Smoking will contribute to the problem too.
- Avoid drinking fluids immediately before bed
- Do not smoke
- Get plenty of sleep
- Place a cold washcloth over your eyes for fifteen minutes once or twice a day
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Bloodshot eyes are caused by the inflammation and congestion of small blood vessels on the surface of your eyeball, often in reaction to an insufficient supply of oxygen in the cornea or tissues covering the eyes. Common factors include eyestrain, fatigue, improper diet, over consumption of alcohol, in addition to body wide capillary fragility, the presence of blood clots, and high blood pressure. Bloodshot eyes should disappear when your body receives the proper nutrients.
- Take Vitamin A – beneficial for all eye disorders
- Take Vitamin B Complex
- Take vitamin C with bioflavonoids
- Use raspberry leaf to reduce redness and irritation. Prepare a raspberry leaf tea and wait until it cools. When cooled, soak a washcloth in the tea. Apply the washcloth to your eyes with the eyelid closed, hold in place for ten minutes.
There’s a bunch of causes of blurred vision. There are refractive disorders – nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism – and there are temporary causes, such as eyestrain, fatigue, and excessive tearing. Recurring blurriness may be the result of inadequate supply of the light-sensitive pigment in the eye called rhodopsin, which is composed of vitamin A and protein.
- Increase Potassium intake
- Increase Vitamin A intake
- Laser surgery is an increasingly popular solution for correcting refractive errors.
A cataracts is the condition when your eye’s lens becomes clouded or opaque. As the lens thickens and becomes less clear, your eyes have more difficulty focusing and admitting light. Common causes of cataracts include: ageing, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning, exposure to radiation, injury to the eye, and the use of certain drugs, like steroids. The primary symptom is gradual, painless loss of vision. Cataracts are the number-one cause of blindness in the world. People above the age of sixty-five are at high risk for cataract growth.
- Increase Copper and Manganese Intake
- Take L-lysine
- Increase Vitamin A Intake
- Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables
- Follow a low glycemic diet: take lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and proteins.
- Avoid dairy products and saturated fats
- Avoid direct sunlight. Wear a hat and sunglasses outdoors whenever possible
Dry eyes occurs when your tear ducts fail to produce enough fluid. The consequence is inadequate eye moisture, leading to burning and irritation. This disorder is most common among women, particularly after menopause. Also at risk are contact lens wearers. Dry eyes are caused largely by a lack of Vitamin A, and frequently affect the elderly.
- Use Vitamin A Ointment
- Drink several glasses of water each day
- Take more calcium and avoid processed foods
- Use a humidifier while you sleep to add moisture to the dry air while
- Protect your eyes on windy days by wearing wraparound glasses
Conjunctivitis or Pinkeye
Pinkeye is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the eyelid and wraps around to cover most of the white of the eye. Pinkeye will cause your eyes to look swollen and blood shot, and symptoms include itchiness and irritation. The infected membrane will be filled with pus, causing the eyelids to occasional stick together. Causes of pinkeye include bacterial infection, virus, injury to the eye, allergies, and exposure to irritating substances, such as smoke, chlorine, makeup, and contact lens solution. Pinkeye is highly contagious if caused by a viral infection.
- Increase your intake of green leafy vegetable
- Apply hot compresses daily – the heat will kill the microorganisms causing pinkeye
- If your eyelids are swollen, try peeling and grating a fresh potato, wrapping it with gauze, and placing it over your eyes. This will function as an astringent and have healing benefits.
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