Natural Health Eye Care

In the modern world, both at work and at play, your eyes are bombarded with artificial light. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider natural health eye care, to offset the considerable eyestrain, that can result from the effects of batteries of fluorescent lights.

So, in your lunch break, and on your way to and from work, give yourself a natural eye care break, simply by staying outdoors away from artificial lighting. Of course there are many people who compound eye strain from fluorescent lighting, by spending large amounts of their leisure time watching TV.

Television has its place, but if it becomes habitual, eyestrain will result. Parents in particular, should protect their children, and in the interests of natural health eye care limit TV viewing to sensible proportions.

So, what can natural health eye care offer tired eyes, to reduce the consequences of artificial light? There are herbs, which are thought to be beneficial. For instance, you could lie down for a short period, and cover each eye with a warm chamomile, elderflower, or fennel teabag.

It might not be a good idea to do this in the office, as colleagues might consider such behaviour rather odd, if not downright indulgent, if carried out in the staff room or rest area. You never know though, it could catch on because sometimes, if you think about it, accepted behaviour is the oddest! Your eyes are just about the best double act there is, and will serve you well with your due consideration to natural health eye care.

There are other herbs that you might find useful in administering natural health eye care. They include, decoctions of marigold and marshmallow, for bathing your eyes. Your herbalist or natural health supplier will be able to advise you about suitable preparations. There is nothing more precious to you than your eyes, and it is always advisable to seek qualified advice, and to make regular appointments to see your optician. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the effect of artificial lighting, that come under the umbrella of natural health eye care.

Some foods are thought to be useful for natural health eye care, possibly because of their antioxidant qualities. Carrots spring to mind, but may have been devalued by the old joke about never seeing a rabbit wearing glasses!

Never the less there are some very interesting observations about other antioxidants. For instance:

Royal Air Force bomber pilots reinforced the reputation of the bilberry, as a healing herb for natural health eye care, during the Second World War. They found that their night vision was improved if the food they ate, prior to their night bombing raid contained bilberries. Afterward tests seemed to show that bilberry is a good antioxidant that can protect cells in the eyes and elsewhere, from free radicals.

Researchers, encouraged by the RAF pilots claim, investigated further. They found compounds known as anthocyanosides, which are though to improve blood flow to blood vessels in the eyes. Such compounds found in bilberries also help with collagen that aids connective tissue.

There is no reason to believe that the bilberry’s American cousin, the blueberry, would be any less effective