People in their forties to fifties seem to lose vision; the lenses of the eyes become hard and the ability to focus becomes worse. Causes are generally aging, perhaps heredity. Women going through menopause can experience farsightedness too. Poor nutrition and drug side effects may contribute to this aging phenomenon. Vision changes vary from person to person; those who are nearsighted can become partially farsighted. Many people use glasses, change prescriptions frequently, or using reading glasses as well as bifocals.
From the natural perspective, we want to prevent aging by eating healthy, consuming antioxidants in foods and supplements. Starting early, like in your thirties, is the key.
Prevention of aging eyes and eye health in general:
- Use plenty of light to read
- Go to bed when tired
- Use eye exercises to keep eye muscles strong
- Avoid contacts (Your eye must create new blood vessels as contacts deprive eyes of oxygen.)
Supplements for Aging Eyes
Fish oil Omega 3s – anti-inflammatory
Bilberry – more oxygen to eyes for greater flexibility
Pycnogenol – a pine extract that improves vision for many of my clients
MSM – a sulfur-derivative that strengthens connective tissue in general
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body’s ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results — your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Aging Eyes and Far-sightedness
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Eyebright – herbal eye support
Eyebright – drying, cooling for inflammatory conditions
Spirulina – nutritious with micro-nutrients, have been historically for poor vision, cataracts, glaucoma and retinitis.
Blessed thistle – for liver, hormonal, and digestive health. I find that the liver, as the Chinese describe, influences the vision.
Ming Mu Di Huang Wan – Chinese patent medicine for weak eyes and sore lower back (from over use).
Cell Salts to Help Aging Eyes and Far-sightedness
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X – hardening tissues (eye lenses)
#9 Nat mur 6X – dryness that causes eye lens changes
#12 Silicea 6X – connective tissue integrity
Far-sighted Eye Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Use one or more remedies at 30c potency at least once a day.
Ruta (#1) – weak eyes from overuse; pain with poor vision, especially with eye strain; eye strain headaches; eye lid spasms.
Aconitum – stressed eyes from staying up too late, studying, or watching television; feels better from cold water.
Argentum nit – unable to keep eyes fixed and steady; weakness; eye symptoms worse with abdominal symptoms; gas and bloating; craves sugars; fears heights and talking in front of groups.
Agaricus – weak eyes from strain; spasms from adjustment to distance; twitching of eyelids and eyeballs; heat in eyes.
Calcarea carb – tears in open air; can’t read in low light; dimness of vision as if looking through a mist; person can be obese, head sweats easily.
Cinnabaris – redness of eyes; pains in tear ducts; pains in bones of orbits.
Conium – weak in elderly; light sensitivity; tendency to dizziness.
Gelsemium – eye muscle weakness; droopy eye lids; eye muscle twitching; light sensitivity; retinitis; one pupil dilated.
Jaborandi – irritability of the ciliary muscle with distance adjustment problems; also for nearsightedness; eyestrain; pupils contracted; eye pains from fine eye work.
Lilium tigrinum – sensitive to light; wild look in eyes; burning sensation when reading; tearing, poor vision; hormonal issues.
Natrum mur – dry eyes; on of the most recommended remedies for eye weakness from over exertion, over-reading or watching television; eyes give out on reading or writing; flurry vision.
Phosphorus – over sensitive; double vision; retinal problems; floaters; letters appear red; sees things through a mist.
Physostigma – floaters; flashes in eyes; pupils contracted; vision trembling; astigmatism; night blindness; sensitivity to light; eye muscle spasms; eye lids tense.
Sepia – red, tired, and weak eyes; menopausal eye problems; worse morning and evening; burning, tearing, and aching behind the eyes with headache; drooping eyelids.
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Copyright 2015 by David R. Card