Our eyes can tell us more about the world around us than any of the other sense organs. Like a camera, but far more complex and intricate than any camera yet devised, the eyes take rays of the light, bend and converge them, and transmit the resulting pictures to the brain for interpretation. But they are more than just windows to the world; they also reveal a great deal about our inner feelings and, to a doctor, about our state of health.
Unfortunately, many of us are not born with perfect eyes, nor do we enjoy clear Vision for all or most of our lives. Nearly 50-60 percent of the current population in the western world (and much more in the developing world) need or wear some form of corrective lenses – either eyeglasses or contact lenses – to improve their vision.
What’s the 6/6/ vision?
It means that at 6 Meters from a standard eye chart you see what a person should see at 6 meters. Your vision is therefore normal, or, in medical shorthand, 6/6. a person with, say, 6/12 vision can see clearly at 6 meters an object that someone with normal vision can see clearly at 12 meters.
Vision problems besides eye disorders
With age, the lenses in your eyes begin to lose their elasticity, and it becomes more difficult for them to change shape automatically when you focus your eyes on close objects. This is long-sightedness. Short-sightedness is when you cannot see distant objects clearly. Myopia or short-sightedness usually comes up in young age itself.
What has diet got to do with eyesight?
A health, balanced diet has a definite role to play in maintaining good eyesight, with vitamin A holding the key to many Eye Disorders. Beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, is found in yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables (apricots, mangoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and squashes) and in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
Eating a diet low in saturated fats but rich in omega 3 fats may also prevent and slow down the progression of eye-related problems. Minerals and nutrients are also essential in neutralizing the effects of harmful free-radicals thus reducing the risk of age-related Eye Problems.
There is a relationship between obesity and poor eye sight, so it is essential to lose weight if it has become an issue in your life. Obesity not only increases the chances of diabetes, and thus diabetes-related eye problems, it has also been implicated in an increased risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies sourced from a reputable company can help with over-all Eye Health, promote recovery and prevent eye conditions.
One commonly used herb for eye health is Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) which has a known ability to strengthen eye capillaries, prevent eye-related disease and infection, and restore the eyes to a problem-free state.
Other herbs, including Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) and Sutherlandia frutescens, are well-established anti-oxidants and assist in maintaining a healthy supply of blood, oxygen and essential nutrients to the eye, while neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.
These anti-oxidants take care of the oxidative stress caused by, including but not limited to, smoking & harmful effects of sunlight on your eyes. More about this in our next blog…