Eyes, Diabetes, Age related illnesses | September 10, 2016 | Author: Naturopath
The World Health Organization estimates that around 180 million people worldwide are living with one form or another of visual impairment. It is further estimated that in fact, 80% of blindness around the world is due to some evitable factors such as bad lifestyle habits, unhealthy nutrition and/or lack of information and knowledge regarding prevention, treatment and management of mild or major eye conditions.
In Australia and other developed countries, the leading cause of blindness and vision loss are majorly age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. It is estimated that about 9.4% of the Australian population aged 55 years and older are currently visually impaired.
It is suspected that the amount of time spent looking into computer screens could also contribute to compromised eye health.
The most common eye diseases that are largely associated with serious long-term effects such as blindness include:
Other milder eye conditions that normally heal with some treatment can include dry eyes, sty, corneal abrasion and conjunctivitis.
Treatment and control of eye diseases is much more viable to the general public due to the advanced developments in eye-health care and technological facilities in Australia and most other developed countries.
But it still remains that natural preventative and curative measures and therapies are much more physically and economically desirable than the typically invasive care and cure available otherwise.
Natural therapies may be helpful to manage various eye conditions.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) has an astringent effect that helps to eliminate bacteria, useful for eye infections. It contains vitamins and antioxidants that may help in many various eye conditions.
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is considered the eye herb. It can be useful to treat vision disorders due to light sensitivity, poor eye microcirculation of the retina, including myopia, retinitis, simple glaucoma, macular degeneration and inflammatory disorders and may help improve night vision.
Ginkgo Biloba Increases blood flow to the brain, thus alleviating pressures that may cause glaucoma. It also blocks the enzymatic pathways used by high sugars to cause cataracts in diabetic patients.
Grape seed extract Contains phytochemicals linoleic acid, flavonoids, vitamin E, Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC,s), which may help with eye strain, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) reduces pressures to the eyes and can thus help to treat mild occurrences such as inflamed or watery eyes and more serious conditions such as glaucoma.
Saffron promising studies are showing the various phytonutrients in saffron have been found to help various diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Green tea contains high levels of tannin, antioxidants and caffeine which may help to constrict blood vessels that cause swelling around the eyes.
Turmeric Contains Curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to fight off free radicals that may cause eye problems.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) contains the active component Silymarin which supports liver function, helping cleanse impurities that may contribute to eye diseases.
Vitamins, minerals and chemical compounds in certain foods are especially beneficial for treating eye conditions or simply maintaining healthy eyesight.
These may include the following:
Vitamin A Orange and yellow coloured fruit and vegetables contain beta carotene, a deficiency of which is directly related to the development of macular degeneration. Foods include pumpkin, carrots, egg yolks, corn and sweet potato.
Vitamin E Vitamin E is anti- oxidant for fat- soluble vitamins and helps prevent aging diseases of the eye. Almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds or wheat germ oil are good sources.
Vitamin C rich foods such as grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, oranges green peppers and Brussels sprouts good sources of Antioxidants to help prevent eye diseases.
Zinc found in lean meats such as turkey, seafood especially oysters and crab, eggs and whole grains boost the body’s immunity, helping to prevent common eye diseases such as conjunctivitis.
Omega 3 Fatty acids found in cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, tuna and halibut support eye health, helping to lubricate the eye.
Fiber High fiber in the diet helps to speed up digestion and move toxins elements that may accumulating and compromising the health of the body, including eyesight. Increase fibre rich foods in the diet.
Many minor eye conditions can become complicated due to lack of information on effective regimens to support tired or otherwise strained eyes.
Eye exercise. Rotate the eyeballs from the left to the right, and from upwards to downwards in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction for roughly three to four repetitions to trains the muscles of the eyes.
Make a conscious habit to blink every five seconds. We tend to stare when reading and forget to blink. Look in to the distance to rest the muscles in the eyes whist doing close work.
Eye massage with clean hands, gently massage the eye brow and around the eye socket to increase the circulation around the eyes. Place the palms of the hands on the eyes and gently press, allowing the eyes to rest.
Wash the eyes in saline solution to soothe irritated eyes and rinse away any accumulated debris. Be sure to use sterile solution. The herb eyebright (Euphrasia) can be used to bath the eye for conditions like conjunctivitis.
Your eyes are precious windows to the world. Take good care of them. Get plenty of sleep and ensure your environment is void of harmful chemicals such as smoke and toxic fumes. Wear protective eye gear when using cleaning and toxic chemicals. Eat a variety of colourful foods, especially fruit and vegetables. Include Nuts, seeds and grains. Enjoy essential fatty acids from fish, olives, and avocado. Drink plenty of good clean water.
Prospective cohort trial of Euphrasia single-dose eye drops in conjunctivitis.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11152054
Ginkgo biloba extract and bilberry anthocyanins improve visual function in patients with normal tension glaucoma.
Oculohypotensive effects of foeniculum vulgare in experimental models of glaucoma.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18831355