Category Vision Health

Banish Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes The Natural Way!

January 1, 2015 Vision HealthWellness  No comments

We don’t really know if the eyes are the windows to the soul, but we do know that in order to keep those baby blues or browns sparkling, taking care of the delicate skin around the eyes is mandatory.

No matter what your age is, dark eye circles and puffy skin can make you look tired, sad and older than you are. And while genetics play a part in this, take heart, because there are many natural remedies for these problems that won’t cost you much more than a trip to your local market.

 

Cold Water

It sounds almost too easy to be true, but simply using cold water is a way to reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. Cold water constricts the blood vessels in the skin beneath your eyes, and that alone will help reduce the puffiness and the dark circles. Wrap two ice cubes in pieces of cloth and place the packets right on the eyelids for approximately five to seven minutes. You can substitute a cold wet cloth or even frozen vegetables for the same results. Use this method three times daily for a few weeks, and you will see a reduction in darkness and puffiness.

Apply cold water on eye

 

Produce:

Potatoes, cucumbers and lemons provide wonderful, natural remedies for circles and puffiness. All three contain bleaching or lightening properties, and all work to gently constrict the blood vessels in the delicate skin around the eyes.

Potatoes: Place thick slices of raw potato on closed eyes and leave them there for 15 minutes, then use cool water to rinse the area. It’s advisable to always use eye creme after the potato application.

Lemons: Soak a cotton ball in some freshly squeezed lemon juice, squeeze out excess liquid and leave on your eyes for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers provide a bouquet of benefits for your skin. Chill thick slices of cucumber in the refrigerator for about a half-hour, then place them over the eyes for 10-15 minutes. You will see results quickly, and an added benefit is that cucumbers actually relax the eyes, so you will look and feel refreshed. Cucumber is a lightener and astringent which can also be used as a general skin toner.

Apply potato on eye

Apply cucumbers on eye

 

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More Healthy Choices

If your market doesn’t have a good natural healthcare selection, take a quick trip to the health food store to buy more great products.

Rosewater: Rosewater smells great and contains amazing skin care properties. Soak two cotton balls in rosewater for several minutes, place on eyelids and leave them there for at least 10 minutes. If you do this twice daily for a few weeks, you will be amazed by the disappearance of dark circles.

Almond Oil: Before bed, use your fingertips to gently massage a few drops of the oil directly into the skin around the eye, and leave on overnight. When you rinse with cool water (no soap or skin cleanser) in the morning, there may be a light residue of oil; but it will disappear quickly – along with your dark circles.

Chamomile Tea: This tea is another effective home treatment for diminishing dark circles. Simply soak two teabags in hot water for a few minutes, then remove and rinse the teabags with cold water. Squeeze out gently and place the teabags over your eyes for at least 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

 

Apply rosewater on eye

Apply Chamomile Tea Bag on eye

 

Before and After Applying Almond Oil

There are countless concealing cosmetics and eye creams on the market, but there’s no need to keep experimenting with them when you can get the same results with natural products. Just remember that no matter which of these methods you choose, be sure to make it part of your daily routine for the best and quickest results.

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Night Sight, the Truth About Seeing In the Dark

January 24, 2014 Vision HealthWellness  No comments

Anyone 40 years of age or older can honestly say that night driving becomes more difficult, stronger light is needed for reading and other tasks that require a sharp eye become more challenging in ambient indoor light. There are multiple reasons for this problem. Some have to do with health conditions that develop as we age. Others are simply due to the biology of the human eye.

Cats, for example, see much better in the dark than we do, partly because their pupils have evolved to open wider. Additionally, a layer of tissue behind the cornea reflects light, making the most of even the lowest illumination. The eyes of a cat are relatively larger than a humans, and contain a higher concentration of the rods and cones that enable sight. Perhaps if man had never invented fire, the human eye would have evolved differently!

 

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Simple anatomy aside, modern lifestyle, diet and overall health affect our ability to see in darkness. As rates of diabetes from poor diet increase, so does the instance of diabetic retinopathy, a condition where damage to tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye gradually destroys the retina. The result is loss of ability to see contrast and detail that is key to night vision.

Problems with seeing in the dark can be as simple as a deficiency of vitamin A, also a result of a steady diet of fast food and processed food. Every human organ needs nutrients, and the eye is no exception. A diet rich in vitamin A, lutein, beta carotene, vitamin E and zinc can help delay deteriorating night vision.

Sometimes we forget that the eye is shaped by bands of muscle. When those muscles don’t get exercise, eyesight deteriorates. When we spend too much time on close-up work or watching images on a screen, we fail to change the depth of field that gives those muscles exercise. Tired, weak muscles equal tired, weakened eyes and blurry sight. Blurred night vision can be a sign of untreated nearsightedness, a very common problem that is easily corrected with eyeglasses or contacts.

Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens also contributes to difficulty seeing at night. Seeing halos around light sources like street lamps and oncoming headlights is an early sign of this progressive eye disease. Fortunately, cataracts are often easily removed in an outpatient procedure.

These are only a few of the truths about night vision and the human eye. The good news is that many of these conditions and underlying causes can be treated, cured or delayed as we age. A healthy diet, active lifestyle and regular checkups with your eye doctor that alert us to developing conditions are the best precautions we can take to preserve good night vision.

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Early Detection For Glaucoma Could Save Your Vision

November 24, 2013 Vision HealthWellness  No comments

Glaucoma is not a disease in the usual way we think of a disease. It is actually a group of eye disorders that lead to permanent vision damage. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma is not curable, but the effects can be mitigated to a large extent with early detection. Signs of glaucoma include vision changes and eye pain.

 

Types of Glaucoma

There are two types of glaucoma. One, open angle glaucoma is notorious for not having any noticeable symptoms until the eye is damaged. The other, closed angle glaucoma, arrives with very painful and specific symptoms, but the damage is also permanent.
Both of these types of glaucoma occlude the circulation of fluids in the eyeball. This occlusion leads to increased pressure in the eye resulting in permanent damage to the optic nerve. When the optic nerve is damaged or becomes non-functional, vision is severely affected resulting in severe vision loss and eventual blindness. Because inner eye pressure can rise without any noticeable symptoms in most people, make sure your eye specialist measures your eye pressure to check for this disease.

 

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Symptoms of Open Angle Glaucoma

This is the most common form of the disease. Symptoms are tunnel vision, where vision condenses to a circle and loss of peripheral vision. However, these symptoms are permanent once they appear in your vision. At best, treatment can prevent further loss. There is no pain, and the loss of vision may come on suddenly, when all or part of the optic nerve gives out.

 

 

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Symptoms of Closed Angle Glaucoma

Closed angle glaucoma has symptoms that are definitely noted by the sufferer. Very noticeable symptoms include:

• Eye pain
• Nausea and vomiting (accompanying the severe eye pain)
• Sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light
• Blurred vision
• Halos around lights
• Reddening of the eye

Because this condition is painful, it is often discovered earlier than the other type of glaucoma. However, this condition is more serious and less likely to respond to treatment. This is due to the fact that this type of glaucoma involves a loss of integrity and support to the eye structure in the iris area. This condition is considered a medical emergency and should be treated in the ER.

 

Testing

Testing is fairly simple. The eye is numbed with eye drops and then an electronic monitor applied to the eyeball takes a pressure reading. This is a painless procedure. To ascertain damage to the optic nerve, the eye specialist views the inside of your eye and may also order vision field tests to see the effects on your field of vision.

 

Treatment

Treatment usually consists of eye drops. You may have one or more types of drops. It is important to ask how the drops should be put in your eye and how far apart. These directions should be followed exactly to maximize the effect of the drops. It is also important to hold your finger over the red part of the eye by your nose after putting in the drops. This prevents the drops from entering the general blood stream which can lead to several side effects including nausea and dizziness.

If the eye drops are not effective enough, eye surgery or a systemic medicine may be needed. But, remember this will not restore the damage already done to your eye. So, remember to have your eye specialist check on your eye pressure. For more information on this subject, go here.

 

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