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Vision Problems



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What Is Vision Problems

The eyes are our windows to the world, being the organs responsible for sight.  Because the eyes are senstive organs with minimal protection, Vision Problems can be triggered by very mild to severe factors.  Anything from wind to pollutants to allergens can cause Vision Problems such as red eyes, dry eyes, itchy eyes, bloodshot eyes, or even put strain on your vision. 

Signs Of Vision Problems

Depending on the type of Vision Problem the person experiences, different symptoms will arise.  If the person has Conjunctivitis, the symptoms will be different than those specific to Glaucoma or dry eyes.  Below is a general list of possible symptoms that can be associated with Vision Problems. 

  • Severe, sudden pain in the eyes
  • Itchiness around the eyes
  • Hazy or blurred vision
  • Seeing flashes of bright light
  • Seeing floating "spider web" like things
  • Swollen, puffy, or red eyes
  • Changes in color of the iris
  • White spot on the pupil
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Abnormally dry eyes
  • Heavy discharge around the eyes (this may cause a burning sensation)
What Causes Vision Problems

Regular Vision Problems can be the result of underlying conditions such as Diabetes or Glaucoma.  Other Vision Problems can also be the result of infections like Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) or Episcleritis.  If you have an ocular disease, it may be caused by an STD such as Herpes or Genital Warts.  If the infected area comes in close contact with the eye, the STD can be transmitted to the eye.  Common causes for Vision Problems are listed below. 

  • Underlying conditions (Glaucoma, Diabetes, or Cataracts)
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (such as Herpes or Genital Warts)
  • Bitot's Spots
  • Floaters
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Eye-related injury

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Natural Remedies
  • Greent tea can be a helpful remedy for vision problems because it contains antioxidants that can help protect you from free radicals, which cause diseases like Glaucoma, Cataracts, or Macular Degeneration.  Additionally, green tea contains polyphenols that may help protect your eyes from UV light. 
  • It can be beneficial to practice several eye exercises to strengthen your eye muscles and bring healthy blood flow to your eyes, which helps with proper vision.  Hold a pencil at arm's length, focus on it, and slowly bring it closer to your nose.  Then you should move it farther away until you can no longer focus on it.  Do this about 10 times throughout the day. 
  • Acupressure or acupuncture around the eyes may be helpful because there are many trigger point around the eyes and on the face.  You can massage each of the acupressure points around the eyes for 10 seconds several times every day.  Another thing you can do is walk barefoot on the grass for about 30 minutes every morning.  Because there are optic trigger points on the bottoms of your feet, this may help improve your Vision Problems. 
  • Gingko Biloba has been known to help with Vision Problems because it helps improve blood flow to the retina. Additionally, it can also help protect you from developing Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration.  
  • Eating almonds can be great for Vision Problems because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants.  You can snack on almonds throughout the day, or you can make your own almond milk using this recipe
  • A healthy diet can that is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, as well as amino acids, beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help promote healthy eyes.  You can get all of these nutrients from fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  Carrots, dark leafy greens, berries, beets, broccoli, and sweet potatoes are great to have in your diet.  For optimal overall health, eliminate processed foods, junk foods, meat, dairy products, refined sugars, and salty foods from your diet as these can get in the way of essential nutrients. 
  • If you have Conjunctivitis, compressing the infected eye is a great way to bring you relief.  It’s best to use a clean and lint-free cloth drenched in cold or warm water over the eye, applying slight pressure.  You can compress as long as you like and repeat this throughout the course of the day.  Just be sure that you avoid touching both eyes with the same cloth.  Using cold water typically brings more relief.  We also recommend using herbal tea bags, potatoes, or cucumbers as natural compressors.  These things have natural healing properties that help fight infections, swelling, and inflammation. 
  • If you have Glaucoma, exercise is a great way to help increase circulation throughout the body.  Promoting overall circulation may help decrease or reverse the symptoms of Glaucoma.  A brisk walk or another light yet responsible exericse program are good routines to incorporate into your daily life.  Be careful when it comes to yoga because it involves inverted exercises, which ultimately put pressure on the optic nerve.  It's best to avoid pressure on the optic nerve, as this is the primary cause of Glaucoma. 
Things you should eat
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Spinach
  • Dark Leafy Greens (kale, chard, collards)
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Sweet Potatoes
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