Common eye disorders include: macular degeneration, impaired vision, glaucoma, cataracts and eye infections.
Your eyes are said to be "the window of your soul". They determine how you see the world, look at your family, read, watch television and perform many tasks. Many people do not realise how essential their eyes are until their vision becomes impaired due to certain eye conditions.
Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, detached retina, myopia, infections and inflammation can all affect your eyes and how well you see.
While many eye conditions can occur, macular degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. The macula is responsible for central, detailed vision, such as reading and distinguishing people's faces. MD is primarily age related and one in seven people over the age of 50 are affected by the disease. The incidence increases with age.
Fortunately your eye health can be improved through natural remedies such as:
- Antioxidants help prevent oxidative damage from occurring in the macular region of the eye and decrease your risk of degenerative conditions that can affect your sight.
- Lutein & zeaxanthin are also powerful antioxidants found in the macular region of the eye. As essential pigments for the eyes, they also filter out harmful ultra violet light. Studies have shown these antioxidants can significantly improve visual fatigue and may be beneficial for people using computers for prolonged periods of time.
- Selenium is a component of the antioxidant glutathione peroxidase which may also help to prevent free radical damage from occurring to the cell membranes of your eyes. Found in foods such as Brazil nuts, garlic and wheat germ, selenium also supports the function of vitamins C & E.
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines are also needed for optimal eye health. Omega-3s may help maintain cell membrane and are found in high levels in the retina.
Your eyes are one of your most precious gifts in life; take proper care of them and they will allow you to you see the world clearly, even through your golden years. Ask your Naturopath to help you choose natural ways to improve the health of your eyes