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TIRED or ITCHY EYES
Eye Disorders & Problems
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TIRED ITCHY EYE DESCRIPTION
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.
TIRED ITCHY EYE FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
ALLERGIES & ITCHY EYES
Itchy eyes are often a symptom of allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is more common in adults than in children, but it can develop at any age. It can be acute or chronic, and depending on the severity, you may develop additional symptoms such as a swollen eyelid or blurred vision.
There are two types of allergic conjunctivitis: seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which typically happens during the spring and fall, is caused by exposure to allergens like grass, pollen, and weeds. The other type is perennial allergic conjunctivitis, which happens all year long due to constant exposure to household allergens like mold, dust, and pet dander.
During an allergic reaction additional symptoms may include:
- Watery eyes.
- Red bloodshot eyes.
- Swollen eyelid.
- Difficulty seeing or blurred vision.
- Inability to open eye due to swelling.
- Congestion; difficulty breathing; wheezing.
- Sneezing or runny nose.
DRY EYE & BLEPHARITIS
Itchy eyes can also be caused by diseases such as dry eye and blepharitis. If you are experiencing itchy eyes and you do not suffer from any known allergies, contact your eye care professional immediately to check for other conditions like those listed here.
The uncomfortable and annoying symptoms of eye strain or eye fatigue include:
Eye strain may be accompanied by pain in the neck, shoulders, or back due to holding a bad posture for a prolonged period of time. These symptoms can decrease productivity and may be intensified by sleep deprivation. While a person sleeps, eyes are replenished with essential nutrients and moisture lost during waking hours. Lack of sleep may result in persistent eye irritation.
- Sore or irritated eyes.
- Tired, itching, and burning eyes.
- Difficulty focusing.
- Dry or watery eyes.
- Blurred or double vision.
- Increased sensitivity to light.
- Headache or aching across the brow.
TIRED ITCHY EYE CAUSES
If the problem is a recurrent one, allergies are a likely cause. See Allergies for more information.
Allergic reactions occur when the surface of your eye is exposed to allergens. The reaction triggers the release of histamines, causing itchy, red, watery eyes. Rubbing your itchy eyes is highly discouraged. As you rub your eyes, you release more and more histamines, which results in worse symptoms. You can also scratch or cause other trauma to the surface of your eye by rubbing the itch.
Some people may be allergic to their contact lens solutions, which can cause redness, discomfort, itching, and inflammation. Thimerosal, a preservative used in ophthalmic products and found in many contact lens solutions, is one of the main culprits in allergic reactions to contact lens solutions.
Itchy eyes can be caused by various eye conditions too. Dry eyes are known to cause discomfort and irritation. Blepharitis, a non-contagious eye disorder caused by bacterial or skin conditions, also causes itchy eyes. With blepharitis, the eyelids become dry, scaly, and itchy. Typically the eyelashes fall out. Sometimes eyelashes grow back abnormally, a condition known as trichiasis, which may lead to irritation of the eyeball.
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.
Any activity requiring intense use of the eyes under difficult conditions over a long period of time can cause eye strain. These include extended periods of:
Staring for long periods of time at digital devices such as computer screens, smartphones, and video games is one of the most common causes. Computer vision syndrome, also known as CVS, is a type of eyestrain from long periods of time using computer or laptop screens. Usually eye strain can be prevented or reduced by making simple changes in your work habits or environment. Some preventive suggestions include:
- Computer work.
- Exposure to bright light.
- Straining to see in dim light.
- Not blinking enough (often happens while working on the computer) resulting in moisture loss.
- Rubbing the eyes, removing the layer of protection exposing the eye to air and irritants.
- Make changes to your computer screen by placing the screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
- Regularly clean off dust and fingerprints from the screen. Smudges on the screen can reduce contrast and increase problems with glare and reflections.
- Choose screens that tilt and swivel.
- Use a glare filter over your screen.
- Make changes in work environment by changing lighting to reduce glare and harsh reflections. Avoid lighting directly behind or above a computer screen.
- Use an adjustable chair.
- Place a document holder next to your computer screen.
- Every 20 minutes, look away to the horizon or at least 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. Stick a not on the computer that says "Blink" as a reminder and take regular breaks from computer work.
TIRED ITCHY EYE CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
DIAGNOSING ITCHY EYES
If you have already been diagnosed with allergies, it is probably safe to say the allergies are the cause of your itchy eyes. Like many other conditions, allergies develop with age. If you have never had allergies before, but notice you develop symptoms around certain smells or foods, or at certain times of year, you should seek medical attention.
Typically you would see an eye care specialist like an ophthalmologist for eye problems, but for allergies you should see an allergist or dermatologist. Any of these professionals can help determine the cause of your itchy eyes. To diagnose specific allergies, one or more of the following tests may be preformed:
- Allergy skin test.
- Blood test for allergies.
- Food allergy test.
Your eye care provider may examine the affected eye to determine whether you are suffering from allergic conjunctivitis. Your eye practitioner will ask questions about your symptoms, your medical history, your diet, and your lifestyle.
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.
ALLERGY RELATED ITCHY EYES PREVENTION
Preventing itchy eyes caused by allergies is simple. Avoid the allergen. If avoiding the allergen is not possible, it is best to talk with your health care provider about preventive options such as eye drops, oral antihistamines, and decongestants.
Visit your eye practitioner regularly to watch for developing eye conditions such as blepharitis that may lead to itchy eyes. When working around chemicals, wear safety goggles.
If you think you may be allergic to your contact lenses or lens solution, talk with your eye practitioner about the problem. Take a look at these tips for preventing itchy eyes indoors and outdoors.
- Vacuum regularly to reduce dust and pet dander.
- Keep your windows shut to reduce outdoor allergens.
- Keep your pets out of bedrooms or areas you spend a lot of time in.
- Run your air conditioner to reduce indoor allergens, and keep your air filters and air ducts clean.
- Avoid smoking in rooms with little or no ventilation.
The best way to avoid itchy eyes is to avoid allergens altogether. Never rub itchy eyes, because when you do you release more histamines, which only worsen the symptoms. Seek some form of treatment if you can not handle the itching. Talk with your eye care provider about preventive measures you can take and which products may work best for you.
- Watch the news to check the pollen counts. Pollen counts are the highest between 5:00 am and 10:00 am.
- Dry your clothes in a dryer, not outside. Outdoor allergens stick to the fabric of your clothes.
- Take precautions before doing yard work. Wear a face mask and gloves.
- Take a shower after being outside to wash away allergens that have clung to your hair and skin.
EYESTRAIN TREATMENT TIPS
Apply a flannel soaked in warm water to tired, dry eyes (with eyes closed). Consider artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry. To help prevent dry eyes while working indoors, consider using an air cleaner to filter dust and a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
If eye strain persists despite these simple interventions, make an appointment with an optometrist for a comprehensive eye check-up. Your eye strain may be related to an underlying condition such as an eye muscle imbalance. If you wear prescription glasses or lenses, recurring eye strain may be an indication that you need updated glasses or a new prescription.
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 to 5 hours per day at the computer).
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. YES NO
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 to 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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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. YES NO
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). YES NO
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.
ALLERGY EYE MEDICATIONS
You can either buy over-the-counter oral antihistamines such as Claritin or eye drops with antihistamines in them. Or you can go see your health care provider and have similar medications prescribed. Antihistamines block the release of the histamines that cause itchy eyes. Some oral antihistamines can cause drowsiness, irritability, and dryness, and take up to an hour to begin working. It is recommended that you take precautions such as avoiding driving or operating machinery if oral antihistamines make you drowsy.
Most over-the-counter eye drops are good for four to six hours and relieve itching almost immediately, without any side effects. One OTC eye drop, Zaditor, relieves symptoms for up to twelve hours with only one dose. In severe cases, you can talk to your eye practitioner about using steroid eye drops to relieve the pain. If you see your eye practitioner for relief of itchy eyes, talk to him or her about using Allegra or Zyrtec. Not only do they relieve the itching, they also relieve the puffiness, irritation, redness, and dryness of allergy eyes. Plus, they begin working within fifteen to thirty minutes and rarely cause side effects such as drowsiness. Storing eye drops and artificial tears in the refrigerator can make them especially soothing when used.
Prescribed oral antihistamines can be a lifesaver, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Taken ahead of time, they can last twelve to twenty-four hours.
Common prescription eye drops for allergies include:
Itchy eyes that are caused by allergic conjunctivitis can be cured by removing the allergen, but the allergic reaction is likely to recur. In cases where the eyelid is swollen, swelling may go down greatly within twenty-four hours, with no further sign of swelling after forty-eight hours.
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 as a tea and as an eyewash. 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.
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.
DIET, NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
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 & 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.
- VITAMIN B-COMPLEX: 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.
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 children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Vitamin A 25,000 to 50,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Potent antioxidant and important for eye function. Promotes healthy skin and hair. Plus
& Carotene Complex
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at high doses. Plus
As directed on label. Lutein is an antioxidant that can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radical damage. Needed for all eye disorders. The macula selectively concentrates Zeaxanthin and Lutein to levels over 1,000 times greater than those in any other body issues. And
As directed on label. Antioxidant needed for all eye disorders. The macula places Zeaxanthin in its center, where the greatest protection is required and which is the last to degenerate. Vitamin B-Complex 50 to 100 mg daily. The B Vitamins help support all the nerves, including the optic nerve. Improves intraocular cellular metabolism. Plus Extra
As directed on label. Helps improve oxygenation of eye tissues. Brewers Yeast 2 tablespoons daily. An excellent source of protein and a good source of B-Vitamins. Vitamin C
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 prevent cataracts. Vitamin E 400 to 800 IU daily. An important antioxidant and free radical destroyer. Helps prevent scarring and tissue damage. Use d-alpha tocopherol form. 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. An important antioxidant. Among other antioxidant effects, this mineral may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Promotes the action of Vitamin E. Caution: Do not take supplemental selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Deficiency has been linked to eye disorders. Works as an antioxidant. May inhibit retinal detachment and slow macular degeneration. Use zinc picolinate form.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
GENERAL EYE HEALTH
If you or a family member (such as a child) is having problems distinguishing colors or find colors confusing. This member may need to be tested for color blindness.
If you or a family member are having problems with vision and/or you suspect an infection. Call your health care provider immediately if you experience severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision, such as loss of vision or double vision.
If you have any increase of symptoms. You may need frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription. If you have blurred or double vision that develops slowly; are having a problem seeing because of daytime glare or have difficulty driving at night because of glare from headlights, you need to see your health care provider.
If you have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. There may be underlying health issues that need to be addressed.
If you are having vision problems that are affecting your ability to perform daily activities.
Call your child's health care provider if your baby does not look directly at or respond readily to faces or large, colorful objects by age 2 to 3 months or if your child scowls, squints, or shields his or her eyes more than expected when in sunlight, or light seems to hurt your child's eyes.
You and your family members should have your eyesight checked regularly by your health care provider to rule out any problems and to receive a prescription for contacts or eyeglasses, if they are needed. Preserve you vision. It is very important.
USEFUL ONLINE LINKS
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For visual function. Strengthens capillaries supports healthy connective tissue and microcirculation. Supports the retina and its adaptation to light and dark conditions. Provides lutein and zeaxanthin, two protective carotenoids essential to the macula.
HerbsPro: Raw Eye Glandlar, 100% Pure Bovine Eye Tissue, Ultra Glandulars, 200 mg, 60 Tabs
The eye is nearly a perfect sphere and occupies the anterior part of the frontal cavity of the skull. It is made of three concentric layers: the cornea, iris and the retina. It is one of the most adaptable organs and it's distinctness varies with individuals. It is the organ of sight.
HerbsPro: Eye Care, Canfo Natural Products, 900 mg, 60 Tabs
Eye strain is a serious problem, more than many realize. The liver is believed to nourish and moisten the eyes. When the liver is deficient in nutrients, common problems include blurry vision, myopia, floaters in the eyes, color blindness, or dry eyes. When there is heat in the liver, eyes are likely to be bloodshot, often with a painful or burning sensation. EyeCare focuses on the liver, providing it the nutrients it needs for overall liver health and wellness. Vegan, non-GMO project verified, and gluten free. Supports overall eye health and function. Designed for the heavy computer user, 100% natural herbal supplement.
HerbsPro: Eye Sentials, FoodScience of Vermont, 90 Caps
Eye-Sentials is an advanced nutritional supplement designed to maintain ocular health that may decline as a result of dietary deficiencies, aging, toxins, free radical exposure, stress, and sunlight. The formula includes the antioxidants Alpha Lipoic Acid and Beta Carotene; Bilberry Extract, which contains bioflavonoids that support healthy histamine levels and helps remove materials from the retina; Eyebright, an herb that is used extensively for dry, irritated eyes, and eye strain; L-Glutathione and Lutein to help protect the lens from UV rays; Taurine, essential for maintaining the structural integrity of the retina; Quercetin and Rutin, antioxidants to support capillary strength; and Lycopene, a phytonutrient from tomatoes with antioxidant properties.
HerbsPro: Preservision Eye Vitamin & Mineral With Lutein Supplements, Bausch & Lomb, 120 Softgels
HerbsPro: Clear Eye Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
Clear Eye Herb Tea is made of wild Dendrobium (dendrobii caulis), Solomon Seal (polygonati rhizoma) and Abalone Shell (haliotidis concha), Green Tea and Jasmine Flower. They provide dendroxine, dendramine, amino acids, calcium carbonate, etc. Traditional Chinese medicine uses them to nurture the eye and pacify the nervous system, protect retina, and improve eyesight.
HerbsPro: Similasan Irritated Eye Relief Drops, Similasan, 0.33 oz.
Similasan's unique Active Response Formula homeopathic medicine stimulates the eye's natural ability to relieve the redness, watery discharge, & burning associated with viral and environmental conjunctivitis. The active ingredients in Similasan Eye Drops work effectively with no known side effects and no known drug interactions.
HerbsPro: Eye Stress Homeopathic, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz.
Eye Stress Indications for Use: For fast relief of tense, tired, irritated, red, itchy and burning eyes due to eye strain, stress and overuse; intolerance to artificial light as from computers. For eyes that easily fatigue.
HerbsPro: Allergy & Red Eye Relief Homeopathic, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz.
Allergy & Red Eye Relief Indications for Use: For relief of allergy & red eye - dry, red, itchy, burning, swollen, inflamed, mucoid, watery, conjuntiva, sensitive eyes associated with allergies, hay fever, irritations, overuse.
HerbsPro: Platinum Eye Care Liquid, Natures Answer, 8 fl. oz.
Natural Strawberry Flavor. Synergistically combines vitamins, well known for their antioxidant support, along with minerals, protective phytonutrients, & carotenoids.
HerbsPro: Apricot Eye Care, Better Botanicals, 0.5 oz.
Tighten, brighten and strengthen delicate under-eye skin with this antioxidant power pack. Rejuvenate skin and even skin tone with Ayurvedic herbs rich in Vitamins A, C, B complex, organic protein and calcium. Fine lines will seem to melt away under this tender touch.
HerbsPro: Age Defying Eye Creme With Astazanthin & Pycnogenol, Derma-E, 0.5 oz.
Astazanthin & Pycnogenol Age-Defying Eye Crème is an intensive age-defying eye creme that soothes and moisturizes for velvety-smooth skin. Helps fight damage and improve the skin health to diminish the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, firmer, younger-looking eyes. Astazanthin and Pycnogenol are two of the most powerful antioxidants that counteract the signs of aging.
HerbsPro: Pycnogenol Eye Gel With Green Tea Extract, Derma-E, 0.5 oz.
Derma E Pycnogenol & Green Tea Extract Eye Gel combines the best of science and nature to offer you continuing benefits for the most vulnerable area of the skin's surface-the tissues surrounding your eyes. Derma E Pycnogenol & Green Tea are two powerful antioxidants that will penetrate your skin and fight the signs of aging by gently repairing and restoring damaged tissues, while an added ingredient, Witch Hazel, blends in to tighten up the eye area and promote smoothness. Your eyes will not only feel smooth and firm, they will look younger too. In many cases, Derma E Pycnogenol & Green Tea Extract Eye Gel will even help to reduce under eye puffiness caused by water retention. No animal testing.
HerbsPro: Revitalizing Eye Gel Organic Lavender, Avalon Organics, 1 oz.
Product description: for firmer, revitialized and radiant eyes. Brightens, hydrates and soothes delicate eye area with our Peptide Complex and Hyaluronic Acid to reduce the appearance of lines, puffiness and dark circles.
HerbsPro: Hawaiian Green Tea Eye Gel, Alba Botanica, 1 oz.
Alba's collection of natural Hawaiian beauty secrets made with tropical fruit and flower extracts, nourishing nut oils and certified organic aloe vera, revered for their curative and rejuvenating properties, are blended together to create exotic skin care products for soft, healthy, luminous skin. Skin friendly. Maui approved. Alba Hawaiian Skin Care products are made with only hypo-allergenic ingredients within the vegetarian ethic, and no animal testing. Certified organic aloe vera and green tea antioxidants soothe, smooth and protect delicate eye area. 100% Vegetarian Ingredients. No Animal Testing. PH Balanced.
HerbsPro: Opticlude Orthoptic Eye Patch, Regular, Nexcare, 20 Units
Highly breathable backing - 10 times better than Coverlet brand. Comfortable to wear. Absorbent non-stick pad. Ideal for treating Strabismus (lazy eye) and for use on tender skin. Extra gentle, hypoallergenic adhesive. Regular size patches measure 3.189 inches x 2.185 inches oval (81 mm x 55.5 mm).
HerbsPro: Opticlude Orthoptic Eye Patch, Junior, Nexcare, 20 Units
Doctor recommended. Gentle to skin. Sticks well, yet removes easily. Highly breathable backing. Comfortable to wear. Absorbent nonstick pad. Ideal for treating strabismus (lazy eye) or for use on tender skin. Extra gentle, hypoallergenic adhesive.
HerbsPro: Collagen Fibre Eye Pads With Myoxinol, Instant Firming, Reviva, 1 Kit
100% native collagen; amazing salon treatment for under-eye wrinkles, pouches, dark circles. Cut into strips for more economical usage.
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Amazon: Pink Eye Relief, TRP Company, 0.33 oz.
PinkEye Relief is a homeopathic, sterile eye drop used to provide temporary relief from redness, burning, watering, inflammation, sensation of grittiness and overnight crusting in the eyes. This homeopathic formula stimulates the body's natural ability to temporarily relieve these symptoms.
Amazon: Irritated Eye Relief Drops, Similasan, 0.33-oz Bottle
Similasan's unique Active Response Formula for Pink Eye Relief stimulates the eye's natural ability to relieve the redness, watery discharge & burning associated with viral and environmental conjunctivitis. Can be used alone, or in conjunction with OTC medications and RX prescriptions. Does not contain harsh chemicals and is safe for extended use. Will not sting or burn. No known side effects or contraindications.
Amazon: Eyebright Drops, Wisdom of the Ages, 1 fl. oz.
Eyebright Drops formulated with natural ingredients for moisturizing, cleansing and rejuvenating the eyes. Contains the benefits of organic Eyebright Herb and MSM in a convenient eye drop. Eyebright Drops serves as an eye tonic to promote good eye health and reduce the discomfort associated with various ocular disorders including vision, eye strain, irritations, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), and dry or weeping eyes. Eyebright naturally contains astringent compounds (agents that shrink tissues and blood), which help reduce redness and naturally brighten and enhance the beauty of the eyes.
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