Itchy or tired eyes can be the result of many different factors, including allergies, eyestrain, fatigue, infection (conjunctivitis), and an inadequate supply of oxygen to the cornea and outer eye tissues.
The complicated process by which we view our world begins as light enters the pupil of the eye and passes through the lens. The lens focuses light on the retina at the back of the eye. There, it is absorbed by special pigments to create an image, which the optic nerve transmits to the visual cortex of the brain. Anything that hinders this process could impair vision. Problems with focus are the most common such as near- and far-sightedness and astigmatism. In these cases, the eye ball is too long or too short, or the cornea or lens is misshapen. Two conditions liked with aging are macular degeneration, in which part of the retina deteriorates, and cataracts, also limit vision. So does any damage to the retina, optic nerve or visual cortex caused by disease or injury. The range of vision problems is vast, but many can be corrected. you can contribute, too, to your eye's health and limit some of the effects of aging on eyesight with a nourishing diet and consistent protection against eyestrain and sun exposure.
MEDICAL CHECKUPS & MONITORING THE EYES
You should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as you notice any difficulty seeing, so you can get glasses or contact lenses. A sudden, radical change in vision may mean a serious medical condition. You should deal with it immediately. If you have young children, have their eyes checked before they start school and on a regular basis thereafter to prevent any trouble arising from limited or poor vision. If you are diabetic or at hereditary risk for glaucoma or other disorders, an ophthalmologist should monitor your condition on a regular basis.
Do get regular eye checks, annually if you wear lenses or glasses. Get a test done if your eyes feel itchy,burning or drier than usual.
If pain is severe and comes on suddenly, and especially if your vision is disturbed or the pain is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, seek professional help at once. This may be a sign of an acute glaucoma attack. See Glaucoma for more information.
The newest, non-invasive types of surgery are designed to correct near- and far-sightedness and astigmatism. These procedures use lasers instead of incisions.
HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS & NUTRITION
In sunlight, wear sunglasses that keep out ultraviolet rays. Indoors, use adequate lighting. Sun exposure counts for 90 percent of wrinkles so use extra UV protection.
TAKE A BREAK AND REST YOUR EYES
Rest your eyes periodically to prevent eyestrain, especially if you work at a computer. For quick relief of occasional itchy or tired eyes, lie down, close your eyes, and place a cold washcloth (compress) over your eyes. Relax for 10 minutes or longer, replacing the compress with a fresh one as necessary. This often helps to alleviate discomfort and can be used as often as necessary.
Take measures to avoid eyestrain. Try to vary your tasks so that your eyes change focusing distance every so often. When doing close work for prolonged periods, take periodic "focus breaks." Every 20 minutes or so, look away from your work and focus your eyes on something in the distance for a minute or two.
You can usually tell when someone has been sitting for a long stretch in front of a computer monitor - they tend to suffer from Dry-Eye Syndrome: red, itchy, irritated eyes. Now researchers at Japan's National Institute of Industrial Health have found that monitor placement may be the culprit. If your monitor is level with your gaze or raised above it, the higher angle of your head reduces the volume of tears produced by your tear ducts, which results in eye irritation. Lowering the monitor's position (and the angle of your head) increases tear production and soothes tired eyes. The researchers also claim lowered monitors reduce neck-muscle fatigue, and improve attention span and the overall comfort of computer users.
Avoid too much alcohol, sun and try not to smoke. Protect your eyes against strain, glare, dust and dirt.
SLEEP IS IMPORTANT
Get sufficient sleep. Fatigue promotes eyestrain. To reduce dark circles try to sleep an hour earlier than normal, drink more water and reduce your intake of dairy products. Lack of sleep, exercise and fresh air result in dull tired eyes, as does a bad diet.
To reduce puffiness around the eyes - try sleeping with an extra pillow and lie on your back to prevent fluids from pooling around the eyes.
Do not drag or pull the delicate area around the eyes when you are cleansing instead dab your creams or gels gently.
NUTRIENTS FOR THE EYES
For clear sparkling eyes drink plenty of water. It is important to keep the body hydrated to prevent dry eyes and to flush toxins from the body.
Get proper nutrition for your eyes through diet and supplements. Use herbs that support blood vessels and are antioxidant. Eat a diet rich in vitamin A like citrus fruits, apricots, green leafy vegetables, carrots, egg yolks, and butter.
- CAROTENOIDS: These yellow, red and orange pigments are antioxidants that protect tissue from free radicals. Beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, is the primary pigment in the retina. Carrots, cantaloupe, peaches and sweet potatoes all contain beta-carotene. Lutein and zeaxanthin, found in pumpkin, leafy greens and red peppers, absorb UV rays and protect the retina from damage. They may help to prevent macular degeneration. The best way to protect your eyes is to take a supplement of mixed carotenoids.
- VITAMIN C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, when taken over a period of years, may help to prevent cataracts. Eat citrus, berries and leafy greens. Take up to 3,000 mg a day, less if diarrhea occurs.
- VITAMIN E: Another antioxidant, vitamin E, is found in wheat germ, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, leafy greens and whole grains. In addition, supplements of 400-800 IUs a day give optimal benefits.
- B VITAMINS: The B vitamins support all the nerves, including the optic nerve. Eat whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruits, and take a vitamin B complex every day. Brewer's yeast is a good natural source of protein and B vitamins.
- SELENIUM: Among other antioxidant effects, this mineral may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Get it from poultry, fish, oats and brown rice and from daily supplements of 400 mcg.
- ZINC: Zinc may inhibit retinal detachment and slow macular degeneration. It is found in cheese, poultry, eggs, wheat germ and legumes. You can take daily supplements of up to 50 mg.
For more information about supplements and helpful products, see below under Nutrients.
Taking Eyebright in capsule or tea form can be helpful. Eyebright tea can also be used to rinse the eyes.
Goldenseal can be used as an alternative or in addition to eyebright. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
For sore tired eyes - soak and chill two Chamomile tea bags place on closed lids for 10 minutes to soothe.
HERBAL SUPPORT FOR VISION
Bilberry: Bilberry is a potent herb for eyesight. It helps the retina adapt to light and dark. During World War II, British pilots who had eaten bilberry jam experienced improved night vision. Bilberry may also prevent cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. By strengthening retinal capillaries, it may inhibit and help treat diabetes-linked retinal problems, too.
Ginkgo Biloba: Another helpful herb is ginkgo biloba, which ensures that nerve cells receive nourishment and improves circulation in the head; the eyes, packed with nerve cells, benefit greatly. As an antioxidant, ginkgo may also help treat macular degeneration and diabetes-linked disorders.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS RECOMMENDATIONS
The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Vitamin A 25,000-50,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Promotes healthy skin, hair and eyes. Needed for all eye disorders.
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels,
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Lutein can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals. Needed for all eye disorders.
Lutein Supplement, Nature's Way, 20 mg, 60 Softgels,
Lutein Esters, 20 mg, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene,
Vitamin B Complex 50-100 mg daily. The B Vitamins help support al the nerves, including the optic nerve. Improves intraocular cellular metabolism.
Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
As directed on label. Helps improve oxygenation of eye tissues.
Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps,
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), 100% Natural, 100 mg, 100 Caps
2 Tablespoons daily. An excellent source of protein and a good source of B-vitamins.
Brewer's Yeast, Debittered, NOW Foods, 1 lb.,
Brewer's Yeast, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 200 Tabs
Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 3,000 mg daily. Reduce dosage if diarrhea occurs. An antiviral and immune system enhancer. An antioxidant that, when taken over a period of years, may help to prevent cataracts.
Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
Vitamin E 400-800 IU daily. An important antioxidant and free radical destroyer. Helps to prevent scarring and tissue damage. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
Selenium 400 mcg daily. Do not exceed a total daily intake of 800 mcg daily from all sources, including diet. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Among other antioxidant effects, this mineral may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Caution: Do not take supplemental selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease.
Selenium Supplement, Yeast Free, NOW Foods, 200 mcg, 180 Caps,
Selenium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Ionic Selenium, Trace Minerals, 300 mcg, 2 fl. oz.,
Selenium, 100% Natural, Nature's way, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Works as an antioxidant. May inhibit retinal detachment and slow macular degeneration.
Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, Silva Solution, 90 Lozenges,
Zinc Lozenges W/ Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges,
Zinc (Chelated), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
EYE CARE SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Information, supplements and products for eye-related problems.
Alfa Max, Alfalfa Extract, Nature's Way, 525 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Alfa-Max Alfalfa Extract capsules is a 10x extract of fresh green Alfalfa leaves.
Alive! Whole Food Energizer, Multi-Vitamin With Mineral, Nature's Way, 18 mg of Iron Added, 90 Tabs
Nature's Way Alive! multi-vitamin with mineral is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets disintegrate up to 5X faster than other leading brands. No other supplement contains more life-giving nutrients than ALIVE, which is just the way it will make you feel.
Astragalus Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Astragalus root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion.
Barlean's Organic Fish Oil, Premium Potency, DHA Omega-3, 90 Softgels
Barlean's Organic Fish Oil with Super Potency DHA is a pure and pristine source of molecularly distilled, fish oil providing highly concentrated DHA omega-3 to support memory, cognition and emotional well-being for your vibrant health and energy.
Barlean's Organic Oil, Fresh Catch Fish Oil, EPA-DHA Concentrate, 60 Softgels
Fresh Catch® Barlean's Organic Oil Super High Potency EPA - DHA is a pure and pristine source of fish oil providing highly concentrated EPA Omega-3 to support cardiovascular, joint, immune and colon health for your vibrant health and energy.
Barlean's Organic Oil, Super High Potency, Omega-3 EPA, 60 Softgels
Fresh Catch® Barlean's Organic Oil Super High Potency EPA is a pure and pristine source of fish oil providing highly concentrated EPA Omega-3 to support cardiovascular, joint, immune and colon health for your vibrant health and energy.
Barlean's Fishery's Oil, Fresh Catch, Lemonade Flavor, Cod Liver Oil, 8 fl. oz.
Barlean's Fishery brings you Fresh Catch® Cod Liver Oil, a pure and pristine source of molecularly distilled cod liver oil ideal for those who seek a naturally occurring, well-balanced ratio of EPA, DHA and vitamins A & D.
Barlean's Fish Oil Capsule, Omega-3 EPA / DHA, 250 Softgels
Barlean's Fish Oil Capsule's signature formula is ideal for people who are seeking the absolute highest quality fish oil at the best value.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Beta Carotene is 100% all natural from Dunaliella Salina.
Bilberry Extract Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Helpful with many different diseases of the eyes including vascular retinal disturbances, cataracts, diabetic-induced glaucoma, myopia, and all forms of eye strain.
CamoClear Soothing Eye Wash, Herbal Eye Wash, CamoCare, 10 Single Use Droppers
CamoClear Soothing Herbal Eye wash gives you instant, natural and long lasting relief for dry, tired or irritated eyes, due to dust, pollen, pollution, smoke irritants, sun glare, wind, swimming, air conditioning/heating and computer work.
Cataract Care Eye Drops, Homeopathic, 0.33 fl. oz.
Relieves symptoms of diagnosed cataract and aging eyes.
Clear Eye Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags
To nurture the eye and pacify the nervous system, protect retina, and improve eyesight.
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear, TCM Formula, Shanze Xiaozhi, 60 Caps
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear Chinese Formulas are made of extracts from astragalus root, pueraria root, seashore vitex, common peony root, cimicifuge, phellodendron, licorice, cnidium, Chinese angelica root (Dong Quai) and ginseng.
Cholesterol Guard Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags
A caffeine free herbal tea designed to disperse stagnant blood, soften and dilate blood vessels, to maintain healthy cholesterol level and normal blood pressure.
Chondroitin Sulfate & Glucosamine Sulfate, Bovine, 400 mg / 500 mg, 60 Caps
Nature's Way Cayenne and Garlic Combo gives the benefit of cayenne herb which is that it has an invigorating warming effect and the serum cholesterol lowering and Garlic bulb to support healthy circulation.
DHA, 250 mg, 100 mg With EPA & Omega-3 From Fish Oil, NOW Foods, 120 Softgels
Numerous published studies have provided strong evidence that the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and sudden death from cardiac causes.
Digestive Enzymes, 750 mg, 100 Caps
Since cooking destroys many of the digestive enzymes in food, taking plant fiber-based digestive enzymes aids in digesting even the heaviest meal.
Dry Eye Relief Eye Drops, Homeopathic, 0.33 fl. oz.
Eye Doctor recommended Similasan Eye Drops for dry, red eyes stimulate the eye's natural ability to fight dryness and clear redness due to smog, stress, age, contact lens wear, etc.
Dry Vitamin A & D, Nature's Way, 15,000 / 400 IU, 100 Caps
Vitamin A & D are both involved in the cycles of mineral and hormone balance which help to maintain normal bone formation and density. In addition, Vitamin A is an important nutrient in maintaining cell membrane integrity, and normal vision and reproduction.
Echinacea Root Complex, Nature's Way, 180 Caps
Echinacea Root Complex helps promote general well-being during the cold and flu season and support the immune system.
Eyebright Eye Supplement, Nature's Way, 455 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Eyebright eye supplement is a supportive blend of beneficial herbs to maintain eye health.
Eyebright Herb, Nature's Way, 430 mg, 100 Caps
The flowering Eyebright herb has been used since the Middle Ages by herbalists and was cultivated in monastery herb gardens.
Eyebright Herb Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz
Eyebright herb helpful for sore, itchy eyes. May be taken internally or used externally as an eyewash or compress.
EyeFactor HAÖ for Healthy Vision with HA, Hyalogic, 120 Count
Hyaluronic acid makes up 95 percent of the fluid inside the eye. Acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye.
Eye Formula (Internal) Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Use for eye disorders such as pink eye, conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and weak and tired eyes.
Eye Sight Formula, TCM Formula, Jiju Dihuang, 100% Natural, 60 Caps
The Eye Site Chinese herb formula is made of extracts from wolfberry, chrysanthemum flower, prepared rehmannia root, dogwood fruit, moutan bark root, common yam, poria and alisma, this time-honored formula is used in Chinese medicine for its immune supporting, and other properties to nourish the liver and kidney and to maintain healthy eyesight.
Eye Support, Clinical Strength Eye Supplement, NOW Foods, 90 Caps
NOW Clinical Strength Eye Support Eye Supplement has been formulated to provide comprehensive nutritional protection for the eyes.
Eye Support Formula With Bilberry, Lutein & Antioxidants, NOW Foods, 60 Caps
NOW "Health Care Provider Recommended" Eye Support Formula eye supplement offers a full range of antioxidant nutrients which may aid in maintaining some visual functions with Lutein and Bilberry.
Fisol Fish Oil Supplement, EPA DHA, Enteric Coated, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 90 Softgels
Fisol, enteric coated, fish oil supplement delivers 30% EPA and 20% DHA. The unique coating withstands stomach acid so Fisol dissolves in the small intestine and maximizes the body's absorption of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.
Flax Seed, Whole, Certified Organic, 1 lb. Bulk
Flax Seeds are an important source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-3, plus Magnesium, Zinc and dietary fiber. Flax oil from flax seeds is the richest known source of linolenic acid.
Fresh Catch Fish Oil, Liquid Fish Oil Supplement, EPA-DHA, World's Freshest Fish Oil, Barlean's, 8 fl. oz.
Barlean's Fresh Catch Liquid Fish Oil Supplement, is a pristine source of ultra-purified fish oil providing naturally occurring levels of EPA and DHA for your vibrant health and energy.
Garlicin HC, Healthy Circulation Formula With Odor Free Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 90 Enteric Coated Tabs
Garlicin HC garlic supplement supports cardiovascular health with the help of hawthorn, cayenne and vitamin E.
Ginkgo Leaf Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Preliminary studies show that Gingko Leaf is helpful in ordinary age-related memory loss as well.
Goldenseal Root Tincture (Hydrastis Canadensis), 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Uses include Adrenal Glands; Eye Problems; Fainting; Gallbladder; Gallstones; Nephritis; Pancreatic Disorders; Peritonitis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Prostate Problems; Psoriasis; Pyorrhea; Quinsy,;Scarlet Fever; Spinal Meningitis (sometimes referred to simply as Meningitis); Spleen; Wounds.
Healthy Adult Organic Oils, Barlean's, Omega-3 Concentrate, 60 Softgels
Fresh Catch® Healthy Adult formula is one of Barlean's Organic Oils, a pure and pristine source of molecularly distilled fish oil formulated with the ideal dose and ratio of highly concentrated EPA and DHA omega-3 for the vibrant health and energy of healthy adults.
Hyaluronic Acid Supplement, With Lignisul MSM, NOW Foods, 60 VCaps
In the past few years, Hyaluronic Acid supplements have emerged as one of the most significant new dietary supplements in the health products market
Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.
Just An Ounce, Calcium and Magnesium Liquid can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system.
Lutein Esters, 20 mg, 60 Softgels
Lutein is the active carotenoid in this potent, natural source antioxidant.
Magnesium Citrate Complex, Nature's Way, 250 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Magnesium Citrate is an advanced chelate from which enhances absorption of magnesium by providing excellent solubility.
Nature's Way Ginkgold Eyes Plus Lutein, 20 mg, Vegetarian, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Nature's Way Ginkgold eye supplement supports visual function and is the only Ginkgo extract shown to stimulate activity in all areas of the brain.
Nerves & Tension Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
To soothe the nervous system, which may help reduce stress and benefit Hyperactivity/Hyperkinetic, Mental Fatigue, Migraine Headache, Muscular Problems (Aches, Pain & Spasms) Nervous Disorders, Neuralgia, Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia, Spasms, Stress, and Tension among other things.
Neuromins DHA Supplement (Docosahexaenoic Acid), Nature's Way, 100 mg, 60 Softgels
Neuromins brand high quality DHA Supplement is sourced from microalgae and fortified with Vitamin C and E.
OcuDyne II, New & Improved Formula, Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 200 Caps
OcuDyne II New and Improved 2005 Formula adds natural vitamin E mixed tocopherols high in gamma-tocopherol and tocotrienols, vitamin D, alpha-lipoic acid and lycopene to the existing formula.
Once Daily Multi-Vitamin With Iron, All Natural, Lactose Free, Nature's Way, 100 Tabs
Nature's Way Daily Multi Vitamin with Iron provides many of the essential nutrients that modern diets may lack. They are useful for protection, growth and maintenance of body systems as they age.
Organic Flax Protein / Fiber / Lignan Cold Milled Powder, Plus Omega-3, Certified, Nature's Way, 16 oz.
Nature's Way EFAGold is the highest quality flax seed protein powder, and one of nature's richest sources of protein, fiber & essential fatty acids.
Passion Flower Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Passion Flower is a powerful relaxant to the nervous system important in the treatments of anxiety, tension and insomnia.
Quercetin With Bromelain, Hypoallergenic Bioflavonoid, NOW Foods, 800 mg, 120 VCaps
Non-citrus Quercetin is non-allergenic, with Bromelain to enhance the absorption of Quercetin.
Selenium, 100% Natural, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
Selenium is an essential component of glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.
Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil, Nature's Inventory, 2 fl. oz.
Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil eases the intense pain of the Shingles and helps to promote healing using unrefined grapeseed oil and an essential oil blend of eucalyptus, marjoram, ginger, tea tree, and lavender.
Sure Sight Liquid Formula, Eye Supplement, Dairy Free & Kosher, Dynamic Health, 8 fl. oz.
This Sure Sight Liquid Eye Supplement helps maintain vision and eye health.
Synthovial Seven, Pure Hyaluronic Acid, Hyalogic, 1 oz.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been proven by numerous medical studies to alleviate pain and suffering from arthritis of the knee and other joints.
Taurine, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid which is not utilized in protein synthesis, but is mainly found free in most tissues, especially throughout the nervous system.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene, 60 Caps
Visi Clear Eye Vitamin with Lutein and Bilberry is one of the few products that provide both lutein and whole kale and Zeaxanthin, another powerful carotenoid, to maximize antioxidant activity.
Vision Formula With Lutein & Bilberry, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Vision formula with Lutein & Bilberry Eye Supplement supports normal eye function by utilizing Lutein, a key carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables, which protects the retina by blocking harmful blue light.
Vision Sharp Precision Eye Health, Irwin Naturals, 60 Liquid Softgels
A combination of vision-specific minerals, botanicals and potent antioxidants, all researched to protect and support eye tissue, provides a powerfully effective way to promote eye health.
Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Vitamin B-100 Complex, With Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
A complete Vitamin B complex of 8 essential vitamins. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), 100% Natural, 100 mg, 100 Caps
Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) is a precursor to coenzymes involved in the growth and repair of skin and tissues lining the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the synthesis of amino acids.
Vitamin B-12 Supplements & Products
An assortment of various B-12 products.
Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps
Nature's Way Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
Wolfberry Tincture, Goji Juice Concentrate (Lycium Barbarum), 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Wolfberry (Goji) has healing benefits of nourishing and strengthening the eyes, liver, kidneys, and nourishing the blood.
Zinc Chelate, 100% Natural, Zinc Supplement, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way chelated Zinc supplement is 100% natural chelated with an advanced amino acid complex for superior absorption.
Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Zinc is a pure liquid Zinc supplement. Zinc moves through all the fluids in the body, it creates a defense against infection-causing bacteria and viruses trying to enter the body and stops bacterial and viral replication.
Zinc Lozenges With Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges
Nature's Way Zinc lozenge boosts cold season defense with zinc, widely recognized as an important nutritional support during the cold season, and echinacea pupurea, clinically shown to support the immune system, and Vitamin C, a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance.
Herbal Remedies: Eye Problem Information
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR EYES
Eye strain and minor eye injuries can sometimes be helped by using homeopathic remedies. Eye strain resulting from too many hours of looking at a computer screen, reading, or detailed work can produce tired eyes that ache and burn, water, have an increased sensitivity to light, or experience blurry vision. Minor eye irritations, from smoke, smog, or pollens, and slight injuries, such as a scratched cornea from a contact lens, dirt, or dust, may also be relieved by homeopathy. As always, if there is any doubt about the severity of a condition involving the eyes, it is best to check with your health care provider.
Aconite napellus - 6C: When there is irritation from foreign matter in the eye, Aconite napellus may bring relief from pain, watering, and heightened sensitivity to light. Aconite napellus 6C can be taken three to four times per day, and discontinued when the discomfort stops.
Ruta graveolens - 6C: Ruta graveolens is most likely to be helpful in cases of eye strain where the eyes burn and water after long periods of visual effort, such as reading, computer work, or embroidery. The eyelids may become somewhat swollen and itchy, and the eyes may be more sensitive to light than usual. Ruta graveolens 6C can be taken two to three times, a few hours apart, continuing only as long as symptoms persist.
Arnica - 6C: If the eyes feel sore and bruised, especially after time spent looking off into the distance, then both rest and Arnica may offer some relief. The muscles of the eyes may ache and feel tired. Arnica 6C can be taken two to three times, a few hours apart, discontinuing as symptoms improve.
Apis mellifica - 6C: This remedy may be helpful in cases of rapid onset of very watery, burning, and stinging eyes. Symptoms are puffy eyelids and sensitivity to light. Apis mellifica is useful for symptoms caused by bright light (for example, snow blindness). Apis mellifica 6c can be taken in the amount of one dose every hour, up to six doses, then three times daily; its use should be reduced when improvement is noted.
HOMEOPATHY DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONS
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a health care provider, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.
Many homeopathic health care providers suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
See Homeopathic Therapy for more information about homeopathy and Homeopathic Potencies about dosing information.
If the problem is a recurrent one, allergies are a likely cause. See Allergies for more information.
If itching and aching are accompanied by a bright pink or red color and thick secretions, you may have conjunctivitis. See Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye) for more information.
If itching and tired eyes persist over a long period of time, there may be an underlying nutritional cause. Supplement your diet with the supplements described above under Nutrients.
Self-Assessment Guide for Computer Users
With this checklist, the more "YES" answers there are, the better. This is particularly important for intensive computer users (more than 5 hours per day at the computer) as well as moderate computer users (3-5 hours per day at the computer).
YES NO Are the shoulders relaxed, elbows close to the sides (i.e. arms are not reaching), forearms roughly horizontal and wrists straight while using the keyboard? If no, adjust the chair height and/or keyboard height. Is there some space in front of the keyboard to allow the user to rest the wrists when not actively keyboarding? If no, try to provide about 2-3 inches of space for the wrists and palms to rest on when not actively keyboarding. Also, ensure that the wrists and palms are not resting on sharp edges or similar pressure points. Do the wrists remain "free" and not resting on the desk surface or wrist rest while actively keyboarding? If no, try to avoid "planting" the wrists and palms on surfaces such as the desk or a wrist rest since this tends to cause deviation of the wrists. Use those surfaces when not actively keyboarding. When seated, is the lower back well supported and remain in contact with the backrest of the chair while performing computer work? If no, consider the following:
- Adjust the backrest of the chair (i.e. adjust height, move backrest forward horizontally, adjust tilt).
- Try a pillow or strap-on back support to ensure that the back is in contact with the backrest.
- Try a footrest to assist with sitting posture.
While sitting, are the knees bent (about 90°) and the thighs roughly horizontal? If no, adjust height of chair accordingly. When seated, is there a space about the width of a clenched fist between the back of the knee and the front of the chair? If no, move the backrest forward horizontally or try adding a pillow or strap-on back support to help "shorten" the length of the seat pan. When seated, can the feet rest comfortably on the floor? If no, the keyboard height may need to be lowered or a footrest may be required. While seated at the workstation, are the ears, shoulders and hips lined up vertically? If no, make necessary adjustments to the chair height, the angle of the backrest, keyboard height, viewing distance and/or the height of the computer monitor. Is the mouse or other pointing device located close to, and at about the same height as, the keyboard? If no, bring the mouse device closer to the keyboard, at about the same height. The upper arm should be close to the body and the elbow should be bent (about 90°) and close to the sides. The wrist should be relatively straight, not deviated to the left or right or up or down. Is a document holder available for frequently used documents or reference materials? If no, use a document holder that is positioned to either side of the monitor or, if the workstation permits it, prop the documents "in-line", between the monitor and keyboard. Are frequently used items such as files, telephone, etc. placed within easy reach? Avoid frequent above shoulder reaches or frequent twists or turns of the spine. Does the user take frequent vision breaks for refreshing the eyes? If no, and the user often experiences dry, itchy, irritated, tired eyes and/or headaches and eyestrain, remember that for every 30 minutes of intensive computer users, rest the eyes by glancing away from the monitor and focusing on a distant object for about 15 seconds before resuming work on the computer. Does the user take physical breaks and move about frequently during the day (such as stretching exercises performed at the desk, moving or walking about to perform different tasks, changing sitting postures, etc.)? If no, remember that for every hour of intensive computer use, try to take about 5 minutes away from the computer to stretch, perform a different task, etc. Humans cannot remain in one position for hours on end without feeling aches and pains. Is the top of the computer screen at about eye level or slightly lower? If no, and neck/shoulder discomfort is a problem, adjust the height of the monitor accordingly (ensure that the monitor is on a stable surface). Are the characters on the monitor easy to read? If no, and eyestrain/headaches are a problem, consider the following:
- Adjust the contrast/brightness levels on the monitor.
- Check distance from the monitor (should be about arm's length).
- Check for sources of direct or reflected glare.
- Check the level of overall illumination in the area.
- Adjust font size, screen colors.
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