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The eye consists of structures that focus an image on to the retina at the back of the eye. Light-sensitive nerve cells on the retina convert this image into electrical impulses that are carried by the optic nerve to the brain (1).
The health of the various eye components, including the retina, depends in part on the supply of nutrients received from the bloodstream. For example, narrowing, blockage or Inflammation of the blood vessels in the retina may lead to vision problems (1).
The retina is like the light-sensitive film in a camera. It forms a membrane over the back inner surface of the eye. The retina contains special nerve cells; rods that are sensitive to dim light, and cones that are responsible for colour vision.
A number of factors increase risk to the health of the eyes, these include (2): Genes
Lifetime sun exposure
High blood pressure
Excess alcohol consumption
Light coloured irises
Eye disorders seem to have become an inevitable stage of the aging process. Some eye clinics are specifically devoted to caring for individuals with significant eye difficulties.
Age related macular degeneration (AMD)
There are two types of AMD. In the "dry form", which is the most common, there are degenerative changes in the macular region of the retina indicating that the retina is wearing away. In the "wet form", there are abnormal blood vessels under the retina. These may haemorrhage causing scar tissue to form.
Cataracts and Glaucoma
Eye Injuries: Homoeopathy
Aconite - for Shock and fear followed by either:
Allergy, Dry Eye, Conjunctivitis: Homoeopathy
Good daily intakes of fresh fruit and vegetables are recommended to supply the vitamins and minerals needed for maintaining cell structure of the eyes. Carrots, spinach and other green leafy vegetables and colourful fruit and vegetables will help to provide carotenoid pigments necessary for eye health (4).
Brightly coloured berries such as bilberries, blackberries and blueberries contain anthocyanadins that act as powerful antioxidants protecting cells from pollution damage. AMD risk is increased if arteriosclerosis (furred arteries) is present. Reducing the intake of saturated and processed fats makes sense.
Bilberry is rich in anthocyanosides, a group of antioxidant compounds. They provide the bluey/purple pigments of bilberry fruit.
Eyebright may be used topically as a lotion, homoeopathically or as the herb for its astringent and anti-histamine activity (5).
Ginkgo biloba (6)
Goldenseal may be helpful where there is an Infection.
Vitamin A - needed for visual pigment (7)
B complex - essential for correct function of the optic nerve and healthy vision
Vitamin C - Antioxidant in cellular fluids; regenerates vitamin E (8 and 9)
Vitamin E - Antioxidant in membranes (9)
Lutein, zeaxanthin and Beta Carotene (Carotenoids) - quenchers of singlet oxygen
Zinc - constituent of super oxide dismutase (SOD) antioxidant enzyme
Selenium - constituent of glutathione peroxidase
1. "BMA Complete Family Health Encyclopedia", Ed. Dr T Smith. Dorling