Home Medications and Cures for Defective Vision
Defective Vision generally refers to farsightedness (hyperopia) and nearsightedness (myopia), but also includes color blindness, astigmatism, and night blindness. Short sightedness is characterized by an inability to see far away objects. Farsightedness is characterized by an inability to see nearby objects. In color blindness, the individual is unable to perceive certain colors, red and green colors are the most common.
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Common Symptoms of Defective Vision:
- Blurred distance vision (nearsightedness)
- Blurred near vision (farsightedness)
- Difficulty distinguishing colors, most common red and green (colorblindness)
- Poor or no vision at night (night blindness)
- Eye discomfort
- Heaviness and redness in the eyes
- Watery eyes
- Frequent headaches
Excessive reading, improper blood and nerve supply, deficiency of essential nutrients and minerals, mental and physical strain, are some the more common causes of Defective Vision. Hereditary play an important role in causing Farsightedness and Color Blindness, nearsightedness is not caused by any heredity factors.
The intake of vitamin A is of utmost importance for improving vision. The best sources of this vitamin are raw spinach, turnip tops, milk cream, cheese, butter, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, soya beans, green peas, fresh milk, oranges, and dates. If taken as a supplement, 25,000 IU of vitamin A are recommended daily.
Triphala, the famous Ayurvedic preparation, is considered beneficial in the treatment of myopia. This preparation consists of three myrobalans, namely, embelica myrobalan (amla), chebulic myrobalan (harad), and belleric myroblan (bahera). A decoction of this preparation should be made by mixing thirty grams of Triphala in half a liter of water and should be taken by mouth and also used for washing the eyes twice a day. This will bring good results if continued for some months.
Another effective remedy for myopia is licorice. Half a teaspoon of powder of the root, mixed with an equal quantity of honey and half the quantity of ghee, should be given twice daily with a cup of milk on an empty stomach for the treatment of this condition.
The herb chicory or endive is extremely valuable in defective vision due to myopia. It contains food elements, which are constantly needed by the optic system. It is one of the riches sources of vitamin A, which is very useful for the eyes. The addition of juices of carrot, celery, and parsley to chicory juice makes it a highly nourishing food for the optic nerve and the muscular system. It can bring amazing results in correcting eye defects. Half a liter to one liter of this combination, taken daily, has frequently corrected eye troubles in the course of a few months to the extent that normal vision was regained, making the wearing of spectacles unnecessary. The formula proportions considered useful in this combination are 200 ml of carrot juice, 150 ml of celery juice, 75 ml of endive juice and 75 ml of parsley juice to make half a liter of this combination.
Healthy Eye Recipe:
Warm Spinach, Bean and Bacon salad with a Maple Dressing
(Rich in lutein, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C)
Ingredients (serves 4)
225g lean bacon chopped
Handful of French beans
3 tablespoons of walnuts chopped
Lifelong good nutrition may lower your risk of some eye diseases. By eating a healthy and balanced diet, you will have a better chance of staying healthy and keeping your eyes healthy.
Everyone's heard the old wives' tale that carrots help you see in the dark. But are there any other foods that can help improve or damage your eyesight?
Believe it or not, it's true that carrots really can help you see in the dark. They contain a substance called beta-carotene - your body converts this into vitamin A, which improves your night vision. A diet high in beta-carotene, alongside vitamin C and E, has also been shown to make you less likely to suffer from eyesight problems in old age, such as cataracts.
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which is vital to the visual development of unborn babies. The best sources of it are oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and trout, or supplements like cod liver oil. Omega-3 can also be passed onto young babies through breast milk, so if you're pregnant or breastfeeding make sure you have two portions of oily fish per week.
Bright green vegetables and orange fruit
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two nutrients that have been found to help fight eye disease and reduce the risk of serious problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. You'll find lutein in intensely green vegetables such as spinach, peas, broccoli, watercress and asparagus, while zeaxanthin is found in bright yellow, red and orange fruit such as mangoes, oranges and nectarines.
To make sure you get enough of both nutrients, try to eat those all-important five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Japanese research has found that diets high in monosodium glutamate (MSG) could contribute to vision loss and thinner retinas. Although the amounts used in the research experiments were much higher than most people would eat, it's still a good idea to moderate your intake of MSG by checking the ingredients on the back of food packs.
A person suffering from defective vision should adopt the various methods of relaxing and strengthening the eyes as outline in the chapter on Conjunctivitis. Besides these methods, the following measures are also beneficial in the treatment of defective vision:
Sun Gazing: The subject should sit on a bench, facing the rising sun with his eyes closed, and gently sway sideways several times for ten minutes. He should then open his eyes and blink about ten times at the sun and look at some greenery.
Splashing: Plain cold water should be splashed several times over closed eyes. The closed lids should then be rubbed briskly for a minute with a clean towel. This cools the eyes and boosts blood supply.
Swinging: The subject should stand with his feet twelve inches apart, hands held loosely at his sides, his whole body and mind relaxed. He should sway his body from side to side gently, slowly, and steadily, with the heels rising alternately but not the rest of the foot. This movement may be likened to the slow moving of the pendulum of a clock. Swinging should be done in front of a window or a picture, so that the window or picture appears to be moving in the opposite direction of the swing. When facing one end of the window or object, the subject should blink once.