The eyes are the windows of the soul. They are one of the most important organs of our body and need as much care as other body parts. Eyesight can decrease as people get older or due to some health conditions. However, there are many natural ways a person can protect and improve their vision without corrective glasses.
One of the best ways to take care of our eyes is to take care of the rest of our bodies. Healthy choices such as a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and sound sleep patterns, as well as visiting the doctor for regular check-ups and maintaining good hygiene, can keep your body and your eyes fit. According to research in 2020, there are 54 million people who have low vision or poor eyesight and 8 million people are blind only in India.In this blog, you will learn how to improve eyesight naturally.
Causes of Poor Eyesight
Working or playing on a computer and mobile phone for a long duration without a break can lead to Su’-i-Mizaj Yabis (deranged dry temperament) in eyes, neck, and shoulder muscles, which weakens eye and vision. Weak eyes are more prone to get fatigued.
Reading or writing in low Light: Reading or writing in low light increases eye strain. Gradually, we damage our vision due to overwork.
Chronic constipation: This condition varies from person to person. In some cases, fullness and bloating regularly may cause blurred vision.
The National Eye Institute (NEI) states that the most common vision problems are refractive errors, and these are the following:
It is also known as myopia. In this condition, a person can see nearby objects clearly, but when objects are far away, they get blurry. Someone might have trouble seeing people on a TV screen. A child might have difficulty reading the chalkboard in school.
In Hypermetropia, objects that are far away are mostly clear, while objects close by are blurry. This occurs when the eyeball is short or the cornea is abnormally shaped.
In this problem, Light doesn’t get equally distributed onto the retina, so images can appear blurry or sometimes stretched out. Although, not everyone with astigmatism has distorted vision. This condition can happen at any age. While most people have some kind of mild astigmatism, those with more significant astigmatism might need glasses to correct it.
According to the NEI, farsightedness affects approximately 5 to 10 percent. As we grow old, the eye isn’t as flexible as it used to be. When eyes cannot flex as well as they did before, focusing on nearby objects becomes impaired. This is why many people need both types of corrections, therefore, bifocal lenses are used.
Symptoms of Poor Eyesight
Your eyesight changes as you age. Not every change in vision is abnormal. Things like needing more light to see clearly or difficulty distinguishing black from blue are normal and don’t require glasses. But there are times when changes in vision are not normal and glasses may be needed.
The common symptoms among people with poor vision are the following:
● Headache: It is the most common symptom due to strain in the eyes when a person complains of a headache.
● Double vision or Blurry vision: This is the loss of sharpness of eyesight, making objects appear out of focus and hazy.
● Objects have ‘halos’ around them in bright light: If anyone sees halos around lights could mean that he is developing a serious eye disorder such as cataracts or glaucoma.
● Ophthalmalgia pain: It occurs in eyes, strain, irritation, and physical discomfort in the eye’s surface or deep within the eye.
● Subconjunctival hemorrhage: A light red patch appearing in the white areas of the eye beneath the clear lining of the eye.
● Photophobia: Literally means “fear of light.” If you have photophobia, you’re not afraid of Light, but you are very sensitive to it. The sun or bright indoor light can be uncomfortable, even painful.
How to improve eyesight naturally
Here are some modifications that you can make in your diet and lifestyle to improve your eyesight. These modifications will also keep you healthy and away from other diseases.
Prevention and Lifestyle Changes
We all know how important sight is to remain independent and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, like a colorful sunset or the precious smile of a grandchild. But appreciation isn’t enough to preserve vision. As we age, the risk for vision loss and eye problems increases, including cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eyes.
With the help of the following lifestyle changes you can improve your eyesight:
● Avoid excess crying and exposure to extreme hot or cold air, sunshine, pollution, etc.
● Perform the daily light exercise for the whole body and Cold pad exercise for the eye (Sit in a relaxed position for 3-5 minutes, place a cotton pad dipped in the rose water on both eyes).
● Swimming in freshwater gives a soothing effect and helps reduce the burning sensation and keep the eye relaxed.
● Clock exercise, Candlelight concentration, Ball exercise, etc. Rub eyes gently on awaking and massage all extremities.
● Cupping at the nape of the neck and shoulders relieves muscle spasms and pain of the eyes.
Home Remedies for improving eyesight
Home remedies are perhaps the easiest and most natural way to improve eyesight. They not only help to improve eyesight but also help to keep eyes away from other diseases.
Here is how you can use home remedies to improve your eyesight:
● Take mild-warm cotton pads on the eyes and put some drops of almond oil into the nose. Pour a few drops of Almond oil in the nose and ear also.
● To improve vision, pour a few drops of Rasaut (Barbaris Aristata Linn) soaked in plain water or a mixture prepared from rose water and Rasaut in both eyes.
● Oral and local use of cinnamon paste around the eyes is also beneficial for eye strength.
● Milk produces a soothing effect when used locally. Apply on the eye with the help of cotton by dipping in fresh milk to relieve ophthalmalgia and subconjunctival hemorrhage.
● According to famous Unani physician and philosopher Galen, application of Melon pulp around the eyes for relieving ophthalmalgia.
Food recommendation to improve eyesight
A balanced and healthy diet is key to keeping your eyes healthy and can help reduce your risk of developing eye disease. Serious eye diseases can be avoided by eating foods that contain a range of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals known as antioxidants.
Here are some diet recommendations you should follow to improve your eyesight:
● You must always take diet laxatives in nature. Sometimes the poor vision is associated with general frailty and weakness, giving a high calorie and nutritious diet, like Almond, cashew, walnut, etc.
● Zafran (Saffron), almond oil, and honey are healthy tonics for the overall body and beneficial for the eyes.
● Avoid eating excessive salty and spicy foods causing body dryness like lentils, black mustard, brinjal, garlic, onion.
● Avoid food causing weakness of vision that are heavy to digest like fenugreek leaves, dates, cauliflower, vinegar, heavy proteins, etc.
● Turnip as food sharpens vision, the water of soaked gram and carrot (raw and cooked) improves and strengthens eyes.
Unani Medicine to improve Eyesight
We all know how important amla is for our body. It is rich in vitamin C, which maintains collagen in the cornea to help to get better vision.
Dose – 1-2 Tablespoons after a meal with plain water.
It helps to strengthen eyesight and bring luster to the eyes. It also helps improve vision.
Dose – Apply Surma in both eyes before going to bed.
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Prolonged and continuous eyes without rest, may cause ocular and neuromuscular ailments that are self-limiting and relieved by merely taking rest. Still, sometimes poor eyesight becomes permanent, affecting working efficiency, especially in professionals. It is concluded that the Unani classical approach for eye care with some regimens and diet therapy can manage the common problem of eyes. It is recommended to adopt preventive and curative measures of the Unani medical system for a healthy and long life.