Natural beauty care for the eyes

There is nothing more exciting than bright sparkling eyes. Your eyes should reflect your inner self and inner beauty. Lifes stresses and strains can however reduce the vitality of your eyes. There are many kits and kinds of makeup cosmetics on the market, but rather than using sythetic products there are natural things you can use to treat your eyes.

Natural Remedies

Try taking triphala powder for 2-3 months to promote a healthy system from within. You can even use this herb in an eyewash form to treat diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis.

After washing the eyes with triphala water apply olive or almond oil around the eyes and massage gently. It makes eye muscles strong and soft and the skin around the eyes looks healthy.

Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Apply cucumber juice on the black circles with cotton for 2-3 weeks regularly.

Mix equal amount of almond oil and honey and apply a few drops on black circles for 2-3 weeks.

Dip five almonds in water, peel them and chew nicely in the morning or make a paste and take along with 250 grams of milk.

Take 125 gm of tomato juice and squeeze half a lemon in it. Mash 5-7 leaves of spearmint in it. Add black salt according to taste. Drink this once on the morning and evening to be relieved of constipation, worm infection and acne.

Take iron and calcium rich diet as their shortage are one of the dominant factors for black circles under the eyes.

Eye Health Tips

Most of us take our eyes for granted. It has been estimated that 50,000 people lose their sight needlessly each year and that 80 million Americans are at risk of eye diseases that can lead to low vision and even blindness. The most common diseases: age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye disease are all preventable to some extent. Here are some tips to look after what you have and prevent these illnesses:

  • Eat Blueberroes. Blueberries are one of the richest fruit forms of antioxidants, and a study published in The Archives of Ophthalmology found that women and men who ate the greatest amount of fruit were the least likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the leading cause of blindness in older people.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk of cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Eat spinach Studies find that lutein, a nutrient that is particularly abundant in spinach, may prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Ideally, get your lutein in combination with some form of fat (olive oil works great) for the best absorption.
  • Cook with red onions, not yellow. Red onions contain far more quercetin, an antioxidant that is thought to protect against cataracts.
  • Aim your car vents at your feet – not your eyes. Dry, air-conditioned air will suck the moisture out of eyes like a sponge. Aim the vents in your car away from your eyes, or wear sunglasses as a shield. Dry eyes can be more than an inconvenience; serious dryness can lead to corneal abrasions and even blindness if left untreated.
  • Move your computer screen to just below eye level. Your eyes will close slightly when you’re staring at the computer, minimizing fluid evaporation and the risk of dry eye syndrome, says John Sheppard, M.D., who directs the ophthalmology residency program at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Take a multivitamin every day. Make it a habit, like brushing your teeth. A major study suggested that if every American at risk for age-related macular degeneration took daily supplements of antioxidant vitamins and zinc, more than 300,000 people could avoid ARMD-associated vision loss over the next five years. Other studies find that women who took vitamin C supplements for at least 10 years were 77 percent less likely to show initial signs of cataracts than those who took no supplemental C. So take a multi with at least 150 mg vitamin C, or take a separate C supplement.
  • Walk at least four times a week. Some evidence suggests that regular exercise can reduce the intraocular pressure, or IOP, in people with glaucoma. In one study, glaucoma patients who walked briskly four times per week for 40 minutes lowered their IOP enough so they could stop taking medication for their condition. It’s also possible – although there’s no proof yet – that walking could also reduce your overall risk of developing glaucoma.
  • Eat fish twice a week. A study from Harvard researchers presented at the 2003 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s annual meeting evaluated the diets of 32,470 women and found those who ate the least amount of fish (thus getting the least amount of omega-3 fatty acids) had the highest risk of dry eye syndrome. Even tuna fish (yes, the kind that comes in a can) protected against the syndrome. If you can’t stand fish, or are worried about mercury consumption, try fish-oil supplements to get your omega-3s.
  • Cut back on greasy or sweet snacks. A 2001 study found that people whose diets were high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in omega-6 fatty acids (found in many fat-filled snack foods like commercially prepared pie, cake, cookies, and potato chips) were significantly less likely to develop ARMD than those whose diets were high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, if your diet was high in omega-6 at all – even if you still ate plenty of fish – the protective effects of the omega-3 fatty acids disappeared.
  • Eat sweet potatoes. Since they are rich in vitamin A which can help improve night vision.
  • Turn down the heat in your house. Heat dries out the air, which, in turn, dries out your eyes. In the winter, you might also try adding some humidity with a humidifier or even bunching a lot of plants together in the room in which you spend the most time.
  • Wear sunglasses whenever you leave the house. When researchers examined the relationship between exposure to sunlight and cataracts or ARMD in Chesapeake Bay fishermen, they found that fishermen who protected their eyes from the harsh glare of the sun and its damaging UV rays were significantly less likely to develop these conditions than those who went bare-eyed. Wear the sunglasses even when it’s not sunny out, says Dr. Sheppard. They protect your eyes from the drying effects of wind.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses. A wide-brimmed hat or cap will block roughly 50 percent of the UV radiation and reduce the UV radiation that may enter your eyes from above or around glasses.
  • Pick some Southern greens for dinner tonight. Because they are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, greens like collards and kale (delicious when lightly steamed with a splash of hot pepper vinegar) may reduce your risk of developing both cataracts and ARMD, and may even slow progression of these diseases once they’ve begun. Both have strong antioxidant properties, which may help repair some of the damage that contributes to both conditions.
  • Eat fresh beets. Beets get their deep red color from phytochemicals called anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect the smaller blood vessels in your body, including those in your eyes.
  • Switch to “lite” salt or use spices and herbs instead of salt. Studies find that high-salt diets increase your risk of certain types of cataracts, so stay away from the salty stuff. And while you’re de-salting your diet, don’t forget the salt in processed foods. Check labels for “no-salt” or “no-sodium,” or “low-salt” or “low-sodium” tags when buying canned and other prepared foods.
  • Dab an essential oil of jasmine, peppermint, or vanilla on your arm and sniff. Jasmine, says scent researcher Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., of the Chicago-based Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation, increases the beta waves in the frontal lobes of your brain, promoting wakefulness and enabling you to focus better and see things more acutely. All three scents stimulate the limbic system in your brain, which, in turn, stimulates the rods in your eyes, which help you see in dim light.
  • When you’re working or reading, set your alarm to beep every 30 minutes. Use this as a reminder to look up and away from your computer or book to some distant point for 30 seconds. This helps prevent eye fatigue and eyestrain.
  • Check your blood pressure every month. You can do this yourself with a home blood pressure kit, at the doctor’s office, or at the pharmacy. The two leading causes of blindness in the United States are high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which damage blood vessels.
  • Replace your mascara every three months and other eye makeup once a year. Eye makeup is a great repository for bacteria, which can easily be transferred to your eyes and cause infections.
  • Remove eye makeup before going to bed. This prevents small pieces of mascara from winding up in your eye and possibly scratching your cornea.
  • Wear goggles when you’re doing carpentry or even yard work. Debris in the eye can lead to corneal abrasions, which can ultimately damage your vision. Also use protective goggles when you’re swimming to protect your eyes from the chlorine.
  • Use a fresh towel every time you wipe your face. Sharing face towels is a great way to get conjunctivitis, the infection also known as pinkeye.

Taking Care of Your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a popular way to correct eyesight, whether short sighted, far sighted, presbyopia, or stigmatic eyes. Contact lenses can also be uses by people who have had eye surgery for cataracts. Disposable contact lenses have become very popular, though a lot of people use hard contact lenses and gas permeable lenses. Obviously with daily disposable lenses you have more freedom in the sense that you would not mind if you lost any, or if they became scratched. Hard and gas permeable lenses however require looking after. After your eye examination, the fitting and follow up care are important parts of contact lens usage to give maximum benefits of vision, appearance, comfort and tissue integrity.

How to look after your lenses

Try not to leave your lenses lying around after use and make sure you store them in the appropriate container with the cleaning solution. An atmosphere with dust and chemical fumes may damage your lenses if they are left uncovered.

Utmost hygiene must be maintained as contact lenses come into direct contact with your eyes. Always wash your hands before you handle your lenses.

Sterilisation is essential for soft lenses and must be done daily. Sterilisation is the cleaning of the lenses with the prescribed cleaning solution, which is sold along with the lenses.

If an old lens becomes uncomfortable, it may be developing deposits on the lens, scratches or nicks in the lens, or problems with the tears lubricating the surface of the lens. It varies from person to person with how long a lens will remain comfortable. Good care of the lenses will usually extend the life of the lens. Having to replace lenses frequently due to rapid protein deposit formation or other problems is a good reason to consider disposable lenses.