The Stye That Just Won’t Disappear

Three months and you still have that stye? Or maybe it keeps coming back in the same spot? This is a sign of a are cancer known as sebaceous gland carcinoma.

Blind Spots with Wavy Lines or Shimmering Lights

Migraines produce this sort of strange view, though they may not always come with a headache.

White Parts Have a Yellowish Hue

You might have jaundice.. IT commonly occurs in newborns with not yet developed liver function, or adults who struggle with issues of the gallbladder, liver, and bile ducts.

Vanishing Eyebrows

This is a common symptom of thyroid disease, when parts of your eyebrows start to vanish

 “Bulging Eyes”

This is caused by an overactive thyroid gland, commonly known as hyperthyroidism.

Blurry, Burning Eyes While On A Computer

It goes by CVS, or computer vision syndrome. It is in part the result of a lack on contrast on a computer screen, and the extra work needed for your eyes to focus on the pixels.

Unexpected Double Vision, Dimmer Vision, or Loss of Vision

This is a sign of a stroke.

Blurred Vision in a Diabetic

Individuals with diabetes are at risk for many eye problems, the most common of which is called diabetic retinopathy where diabetes negatively impacts the eye’s circulatory system. It is the main cause of blindness in American adults.

Will Your Vision Decline as You Get Older?

The answer is no. Or at least However, our poor lifestyles often leads to poor eyesight as we get older. The older you get, the more important taking care of your eyes are.

Furthermore, you will need additional vision support is you:

  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Are diabetic
  • Spend a lot of time staring at a computer

However, there are many protective strategies you can do that can protect your eyesight long into your older years.

Are the Eyes the Mirror to Your…Health?

Iridology is the study of the iris. It is not recognized as a valid theory in current medicine; however, the idea of it goes way back to the 17th century.

The idea behind Iridology is that certain characteristics in parts of your iris indicate how healthy you are (or aren’t). Theoretically, a doctor who studies iridology would study your iris and match it to healthy ones using charts. The charts will help the iridologist determine which organs and systems are inflamed or not functioning properly. While it can’t diagnose certain diseases, it does indicate your weaknesses and strengths in your system.

As mentioned previous, Iridology is not recognized in modern medicine and as such, those who practice it do not need to be licensed or certified in Canada or the United States. If you are interested in it, look for an iridologist who is a licensed medical practitioner as well.

Simple Ways Anyone Can Promote Healthy Vision

Diet can benefit or harm your eyes, but before we discuss that, let’s talk about  a few simple, lifestyle choices you can incorporate into your day now that can improve your eye health.

  1. Stop smoking:  There are zero health benefits to smoking, and it increases free radical production in the body which can lead to decreased eyesight overtime.
  1. Take care of your cardiovascular system: High blood pressure can lead to damaged miniscule blood vessels on the retina, which can stop the blood from freely flowing. In your to keep your blood pressure perfectly balances, don’t consume fructose. Research has shown it only increases your risk of high blood pressure levels.
  1. Balance the blood sugar:  Too much sugar in your blood means pulling fluid from your eyes, making it harder for you to focus. It can also damage blood vessels in the retina and prevent the blood from flowing.
  1. Eat plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetable:  Leafy greens promote good vision. Research shows that those who consume high levels of veggies rich in carotenoid, like zeaxanthin and lutein, had better eyesight.
  1. Eat your omega-3 fats: A study published in the August 2001 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology discovered eating omega-3 fatty acids meant having healthier vision in the long run. The downside of going to the store and buying some fresh salmon is that pollution and fish farming means fish aren’t the best source for omega 3 fats, unless you caught the fish yourself and know it’s safe. So try krill oil. Krill oil has astaxanthin., and antioxidant that can benefit your eyes in many ways.
  1. Ditch trans fats: Diet full of trans fat have been shown to contribute to macular degeneration. This is because it messes with the omega-3 fats in your body, which as you just read, are good for healthy eyesight. This means avoiding most processed, junks foods like margarine, shortening, and fried foods, like doughnuts and french-fries, cookies, crackers, and pastries. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat every once in a while, but if you want to keep your eyes healthy, avoid trans fats as if your eyesight depends on it. Because it does.
  1. Avoid aspartame: There’s nothing good about consuming aspartame really, but one of the worst symptoms of aspartame poisoning is problems with your vision. Knocking it out of your diet permanently can help you in the long run.

 

Antioxidants May Be Your Eyes Best Friend

Antioxidants fight dangerous free radicals in the body, and that includes your eyes. Many antioxidants have been show to benefit your eyes significantly, like:

  • Black currant anthocyanins
  • Astaxanthin
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Lutein

Below I’ll quickly review astaxanthin and lutein, as they can greatly protect your eyes from problems.

Lutein Can Defend Your Central Vision

Zeaxanthin and lutein, while hard to pronounce, aren’t hard to find in the body as both are found in high levels within the macula lutea. They are generally thought to serve in two roles.

  1. The absorption of additional photon energy
  2. Preventing free-radicals from harming lipid membranes

Your macula in the eyes contains a high amount of lutein; the macula is the central part of your retina that causes straight-ahead and detailed vision. Lutein is found specifically in the macular pigment, and can defend your central vision.

Lutein is known as a natural carotenoid and can be found in most leafy green veggies and orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.

Lutein Content of Foods

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Astaxanthin Can Defend You Against Two Causes of Blindness

Zeaxanthin and lutein benefit your vision immensely, studies have shown that the ultimate carotenoid for your eyes is astaxanthin! Compared to the other two, it is a far more powerful antioxidant and has been found to protect the eyes from a myriad of health issues such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration(ARMD)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Cystoid macular edema
  • Retinal arterial occlusion
  • Venous occlusion
  • Inflammatory eye diseases (i.e., scleritis, retinitis, keratitis, and iritis,)

Furthermore, astaxanthin keeps eye pressure at the right levels, and supports both visual acuity and energy levels.

The three main causes of blindness in the United States are diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and macular degeneration. However, because astaxanthin is a great source of omega-3 fat, and that makes it the most important antioxidant for optimal eye health.

Krill oil is another great source of omega-3 fats, or other astaxanthin supplements. Start off taking 2 to 4 mg a day.

Wrapping Things Up

Our eyes experience higher levels of oxidation that our predecessors. There is more pollution in the environment today, and our ozone layer means more sunlight is hitting us than before, which means your eyes are exposed to more free radicals.

As you grow old, you will naturally lose some ability to create the levels of antioxidants needed to keep you safe from toxins and other pollutants you encounter in the environment, in your food, and even from household cleaners.

With that in mind, isn’t it important to protect your eyes as best as you can? Preventative care is the key to avoiding macular degeneration and other vision problems. Consequently, antioxidants like astaxanthin are vital when it comes to protecting you from free radicals as you grow older. Your vision health is important, so take good care of your eyes.

Source: Healthy Holistic Living