There are many types of eye problems. Most people have experienced at least one from time to time. Bloodshot, burning, dry, infected, irritated, sensitive to light, watery… the descriptive list for common eye issues is lengthy. Many of these problems are related to stress or allergies. Watery eyes can often accompany a cold/flu. Protruding eyes are usually associated with thyroid problems. Yellow ‘whites’ (sclera) of the eye represent jaundice and indicate problems in the liver/gallbladder area. Dark circles under the eyes represent allergies, but might also indicate problems in the kidneys/adrenal area.
Cataracts occur when the lenses of the eye become clouded or opaque, making it hard to focus on close and distant objects. The problem is progressive, continuing into loss of vision. Many factors can contribute to cataracts including ocular disease, injury, side effects of pharmaceuticals, surgery, systemic diseases (e.g., diabetes), toxins, ultraviolet light, diet. Cataracts are the number one cause of blindness.
For general eye health, a good whole diet is necessary. A diet high in broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, green vegetables, squash, sunflower seeds and watercress is best. Whole grains are very good for the eyes, while white flour is not. Dairy and sugar should also be kept to a minimum. Carrot juice and/or cod liver oil is excellent for eye health. Essential Fatty Acids Oils (EFAs) are very important to keep the eyes from drying out. Cold water fish and hemp seed oil are ideal sources of EFAs. Shellfish are not advised when a person has continuous dry eye problems. Often wearing glasses with UV protection (especially while in the sun) will help prevent certain problems like cataracts.
Single Herbs: Eyebright, Goldenseal root, Krill / Black Currant Oil (Evening Primrose oil, Borage oil etc.); Bayberry (astringent); Raspberry leaves, Chamomile (soothing).
Combinations: Fenugreek and Goldenseal, Goldenseal Plus Formula, Hachimijiogan (Chinese herbal formula).
Nutritional Supplements: Beta-carotene (100,000 IU, twice daily), B complex (1 tablet, twice daily), Vitamin C (1,000 mg, three times daily), Vitamin E (400-800 IU daily), Selenium (400 mcg daily), Zinc (15-60 mg daily), Copper (3 mg daily), L-cysteine (400 mg daily), L-glutamine (200 mg daily), L-glycine (200 mg daily).