Archive for the ‘Eye Care’ Category

6 Fabulous Food Combos for Healthy Eyes

Friday, August 21st, 2015

 

1. Avocado and Grapefruit

Vitamins are fat soluble and we absorb them better when we combine them with a bit of fat. A good example of that is grapefruit with avacados, which can be a side dish on its own or delicious atop Bibb lettuce. Grapefruit is great for eye health because it contains vitamin C and carotenoids, both key nutrients for eye growth and development.

2. Broccoli Rabe and Pine Nuts

Similar to the avocado-grapefruit combination, the fat in pine nuts helps the body absorb key nutrients found in broccoli rabe. Deep green broccoli rabe is a great source of eye-healthy nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. The general rule of thumb is the deeper and darker a vegetable or fruit’s color, the stronger its nutrient value.

3. Lentils and Red Pepper

Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron found in plant foods (such as lentils), which can be particularly beneficial for vegetarians and people eating smaller quantities of animal protein. Want to increase the iron absorption from your lentils? Combine them with red pepper, a great source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect against damage due to age-related macular degeneration.

4. Spinach and Lemon, Orange, Tomatoes, or Strawberries

Spinach is another iron-rich, plant-based food. Spinach also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two key nutrients for eye health. When paired with vitamin-rich fruits like lemons, oranges, tomatoes, or strawberries, the body absorbs the iron from spinach better and gets additional key eye-healthy nutrients.

5. Salmon and Spinach

A combination of omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin may help boost the pigment in the retina and help people with age-related macular degeneration. Salmon is a potent source of omega 3-fatty acids, and spinach has high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin. They make a powerful eye-healthy food combination.

6. Sardines and Kale

A rich-source of omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are inexpensive and delicious. Pair them with kale, a nutritional powerhouse that contains the highest amount of lutein of any vegetable, as well as high amounts of zeaxanthin. Pair grilled sardines with a fresh kale salad for a potent food combo.

How to Reduce Puffy Eyes Due to Sinuses

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Puffy eyes are a common symptom of sinusitis often blamed on lack of sleep or general illness. In addition to puffy eyes, sinusitis problems may cause a dull ache or feeling of pressure in the eyes or across the middle of the face, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, raspy voice, loss of sense of smell, fever, nasal discharge, bad breath, coughing, sore throat, snoring and fatigue. Most cases of sinusitis are caused by infections, but allergies, exposure to indoor or outdoor air pollutants, excessive indoor dryness from heating and air-conditioning, and structural abnormalities are other possible causes. You can reduce or eliminate most cases of sinus-related puffy eyes at home or with over-the-counter medications, but some cases may require professional care.

 

Step 1

Run a humidifier in your bedroom during the night to increase the moisture level inside your home. Air-conditioning and dry-air heating systems can cause sinus irritation and dryness, which can potentially increase eye puffiness in the morning.

Step 2

Sleep with the head of your bed elevated to encourage sinus draining and reduce fluid accumulation under your eyes. Sleep propped up on pillows or semi-upright in a chair, or raise the head of your bed by using leg extenders. Sleeping horizontally dilates the veins under the eyes, according to Harvard Medical School, which makes puffy eyes darker and more noticeable.

Step 3

Reduce your intake of alcohol and sodium, as both can cause fluid accumulation beneath the eyes and make eye puffiness caused by sinus congestion worse. Alcohol also interferes with certain antibiotics prescribed to treat sinus infections, making them less effective.

Step 4

Eat a bowl of chicken soup or add some spice to your meals when suffering from sinus congestion and puffy eyes.

Step 5

Make a saltwater nasal irrigation solution by mixing 1 tsp. of salt with 2 cups of lukewarm water. Tilt your head back and use a dropper to administer three drops to each nostril every one to two hours. Allow the solution to sit inside the nostril for about 45 seconds, then return your head to a normal position and allow the solution to drain out. This should loosen nasal congestion and soothe inflamed nasal passages.

Step 6

Use a decongestant to help drain your nose and sinus passages. This will reduce fluid build-up and inflammation and alleviate eye puffiness. Decongestants are available over the counter, in pill, liquid and spray form, at most pharmacies and retail stores.

Step 7

Try an antihistamine medication, such as Benadryl, if you believe allergies may be causing your eye puffiness. In addition to reducing allergic symptoms, antihistamines can lessen sinus inflammation and ease eye puffiness.

Step 8

Visit your doctor for a complete examination if your puffy eyes and sinus problems fail to respond to home treatment options. While acute sinusitis and puffy eyes resulting from infection with a virus will typically clear without treatment within days or weeks, chronic sinus problems require medical evaluation.

Step 9

Take antibiotics to treat puffy eyes caused by a bacterial infection in your sinus passages. You may need to take antibiotics for 10 days or longer, depending on the severity of your infection and symptoms.

 

Tips on Eyebrow Growth

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Thin eyebrows may be attributed to years of over-plucking, genetics or health issues. As fuller brows are typically more flattering than thin ones, you may find yourself using powders and pencils to fill yours in more often than you’d like.

Whether you’re dealing with sparse arches or just a single bald patch, you can regrow your brows, returning them to an untouched state.

 

Step 1

Soak the end of a cotton swab in castor oil and apply it to your brows at night. Focus on any sparse areas. Castor oil is an antibacterial and helps to eliminate any impurities that prevent hair growth. It is also high in omega 9 fatty acids, which nourish the follicle.

Step 2

Stop tweezing and waxing your brows for 3 to 4 months. This gives smaller hairs the opportunity to grow back.

Step 3

Dip a soft, clean toothbrush in a mild exfoliating scrub and massage it over your brows, using a circular motion. Rinse with warm water. Focus on any missing patches to remove dead skin and bring hair to the surface.

Step 4

Use a brow razor to shave sections of the brow where you would like growth to occur. Hold skin taut with one hand and move the razor in the direction of hair growth over dry skin to stimulate the follicle.

Step 5

Visit an eyebrow threader after 3 to 4 months. An eyebrow threader uses a thin piece of thread to pull individual hairs from deep within your skin. Threading shapes your brows precisely without pulling out excess hair. This allows any sparse patches to continue growing. Wax has a tendency to grasp onto hairs that should be kept, leading to more bald patches and a thinner shape. Have your brows threaded every 6 weeks after your first visit.

Step 6

Use a sharp set of tweezers with an angled tip for touch-ups. Only tweeze hairs that are high up on your forehead, between your brows or close to your lid to give your brows a chance to grow.

 

How to Treat a Black Eye With a Hard Boiled Egg

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Curing a black eye using a hard-boiled egg is an old idea. There’s no scientific evidence behind it and you will find many people scoff at the idea of rubbing an egg on their faces as a way to get rid of a bruise. However, trying it out won’t hurt and you might find that it actually relieves some of the pain and inflammation. Keep in mind that a black eye can indicate a more serious injury. If you have trouble seeing or are experiencing intense pain, talk to a doctor.

 

Step 1

Boil an egg until hard. The yolk should not longer be running by the time you retrieve it from the boiling water.

Step 2

Crack the egg open and remove the yolk, trying to keep the egg white as intact as possible.

Step 3

Wrap the egg white along with a silver ring. Use a soft, thin handkerchief or cloth. Make sure you do this quickly so the egg doesn’t get cold.

Step 4

Apply the cloth over your eye, rubbing and moving it around until the egg cools down.

Step 5

Repeat a couple of times a day, using a new egg, until the black marks disappear.

Things You’ll Need

  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Silver ring
  • Handkerchief

 

 

How to Preventing Eye Redness

Friday, April 24th, 2015

 

  1. Determine the cause of your eye redness. See an eye specialist for a professional opinion on why your eyes are red and irritated. Be able to provide answers to the following questions to help him or her make an accurate diagnosis:

    • Is this a chronic problem or is this the first occurrence?
    • Do you have any symptoms other than red eyes?
    • How long has this particular occurrence been present?
    • What medications do you take? Include any vitamins or supplements.
    • Do you drink alcohol or use any drugs?
    • Do you have any chronic diseases?
    • What allergies do you suffer from?
    • Have you been under a lot of stress lately?
    • Have you been sleeping enough?
    • Are you eating less, or do you feel dehydrated?
  2. Reduce the amount of time you look at screens. Studies show that our blinking rate decreases 10-fold when we’re staring at screens. Blinking is important to eye health because it keeps our eyes moisturized. Staring at laptops, TV monitors, and other electronic screens can cause your eyes to dry out and redden. If you have to look at screens for extended periods of time, take these precautions:
    • Consciously remind yourself to blink.
    • Follow the 20-20 rule: every twenty minutes, take a break from your screen and do something else for 20 seconds to a minute. Give your eyes a little breather.
    • Lower the brightness on your screen. Change the screen color to sepia or light gray if possible.
    • Place the screen 20-40 inches away from your eyes.
  3. Adjust your electronic screens. If you have a job for which you have to use a computer or watch TV, you may not be able to reduce your screen time. You can still make small adjustments to lessen the burden on your eyes.
    • Place the screen somewhere it is level with your eyes. You don’t want to be looking up or down at the screen.
    • Leave a distance of about 20-40 inches (50-100 cm) between your eyes and the screen.
    • Wear eyewear design to fight eye strain from the glare of light off the screen. If you wear prescription lenses or glasses, ask your eye care expert if the time you spend looking at screens calls for a new prescription.
  4. Avoid smoking. Irritants like smoke bother your eyes and cause unnecessary redness. Smoking also increases your risk for a variety of eye diseases, including cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome. Smoking while pregnant can even cause infant eye disease in an unborn child.
    • If you’re unwilling or unable to quit smoking, make sure to smoke outside to keep your house smoke free. You can also purchase air cleaners to keep your home smoke-free if you smoke indoors.

  5. Limit your alcohol intake. Drinking too much alcohol dehydrates the body.You lose nutrients important for tear production through increased urination. The combination of dehydration and nutrient loss causes dryness and redness in the eyes.
    • Use a drink calculator to figure out if you’re drinking more alcohol than you should.
    • When drinking alcohol, drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. You need enough water in your body to keep your eyes moisturized.
  6. Eat a balanced diet.The food you eat can impact your eye health, along with the other organs in your body. Eat a balanced diet rich with omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, flaxseed, nuts, etc.) to ensure healthy eyes and prevent inflammation.
    • Vitamins C, E, and zinc prevent eye problems that arise with age. You can find these vitamins in bell peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, cabbage, tomatoes, raspberries, celery, and spinach.
    • Vitamins B2 and B6 reduce age-related eye diseases and help prevent cataracts. Eat foods like eggs, fresh vegetables, whole cereals, dairy products, sunflower seeds, and meats like tuna, liver, and turkey.
    • Lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eyes from harmful lights. To boost these nutrients in your diet, eat plenty of green peas, green beans, orange bell peppers, corn, tangerines, oranges, mangos, eggs, and dark, green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, broccoli, and spinach.
    • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day.
  7. Get plenty of sleep. Though this is a common cause of eye redness, it’s often ignored. Sleep replenishes your entire body, including your eyes. You should sleep 7 to 8 hours every night.Getting too little sleep can leave eyes dry and irritated, and also result in problems like eye twitching and bags under the eyes.
    • Another benefit of sleep is that it allows time for white blood cells to fight harmful pathogens.
  8. Manage your allergies. Allergies are a common cause of dry, red, irritated eyes. Seasonal allergies usually kick in at the beginning of spring, when pollen counts are high. The irritation comes from the body releasing histamines to fight off the allergy. The side effect of histamines is dry, itchy eyes. Buy over-the-counter antihistamines to treat your allergies, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
    • You may also be allergic to pet dander. If you notice dry, itchy, or swollen eyes when you’re around certain pets, avoid those animals. You can also see a doctor for injections to fight your dander allergy.

How to Get Rid of a Red Eye

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Have you ever looked in a mirror and noticed that your eyes were red? Whether you’ve been staring at a computer or TV screen for too long or are suffering from allergies, red eyes can be painful and ugly. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the irritation and swelling. Eye redness usually goes hand-in-hand with dry eyes, so treatments address both issues.

 Getting Rid of Red Eyes

  1. Do your research on eye drops. There are many different types of eye drops, each one recommended for different circumstances. For example, if you have red eyes and wear contact lenses, a blood vessel constricting drop may not work. It wouldn’t be able to get through the lens to treat your redness.
    • Most eye drops work by constricting the blood vessels in the eyes. By making the blood vessels smaller, they reduce eye redness.
    • Always use the drops as recommended, since overuse can cause more problems. For example, “rebound redness” happens with the eye drops make your blood vessels dilate more than usual. This makes your eyes look bloodshot.
  2. Consult your eye care professional. The best way to choose the right drops is to talk to you a specialist about the cause of your redness. Let him or her diagnose you and choose the best treatment method.
    • If your redness is due to allergies, look for eye drops with antihistamines.
    • If you have an infection, see your doctor for prescription eye drops that have antibiotics.
    • Be careful with “bacteria-fighting” eye drops. Many people have an allergic reaction to the preservatives in them. You might make your eyes even worse!
  3. Use water on your eyes. Cold water will decrease the swelling that causes bloodshot eyes, and will also soothe on your irritated eyes. You can just splash some cold water onto your face, or you might hold a damp compress over your eyes for 2 minutes.
    • The most common cause of red eyes is allergies. The body releases histamines that dry the eyes, causing blood vessels to swell.
    • Cold water reduces blood flow to the eyes and treats some of this inflammation.
  4. Use ice, if available. Ice or freeze-packs are another common and effective way to soothe bloodshot eyes. They work the same way cold compresses do, by relieving swelling and reducing the amount of blood flow to the eyes.
    • If you don’t have a freeze-pack, place some ice cubes in a clean washcloth. Hold it over your eyes for 4 to 5 minutes.
    • When using extremely cold products like ice or a freezer-pack, always protect your eyes with a thin cloth towel. This prevents ice burn.
  5. Place cucumber slices over your eyes. Just like cold compresses, refrigerated cucumber slices reduce redness and puffiness. The cucumber’s cold surface makes the eye’s blood vessels constrict, making them less visible.This also reduces the body’s natural response to allergens in the air.
    • Make sure the cucumber is cold by keeping it in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing it.
  6. Apply rosewater to your eyelids. Rosewater’s lovely, relaxing scent alone will go a long way toward making you feel better. But it also has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that will treat your irritated eyes.
    • Soak a cotton pad or cotton ball in rosewater and place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
    • Place them over your closed eyes for redness relief.
    • For an even better result, soak two cucumber slices in rosewater and refrigerate them. Place them on top of your eyelids and relax.
  7. Place used tea bags over your eyes. Tea has chemicals called “tannins” in it that reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes. The caffeine in it also makes blood vessels smaller. As such, used tea bags are a great way to reduce redness and irritation. Make sure you’re using caffeinated black tea, as green teas don’t have tannins.
    • Steep the tea bag in hot water like you’re brewing a cup to drink.
    • Refrigerate it for 15 minutes to cool it down.
    • Place the tea bag over your eyelids for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Wait out a burst blood vessel. If you sneeze or cough too hard, or even just rub your eye vigorously, you can cause a blood vessel to burst. Doctors call this “subconjunctival hemorrhage.” In most cases, only one eye will be affected, and you won’t feel any pain. The blood vessel should heal itself naturally. It can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks.
    • See a doctor if you have any pain, or if you have a chronic disease like diabetes.
  9. See a doctor if you have pink eye. Just like its name says, pink eye (also known as conjunctivitis) causes your eye to look pink or red. Speak with your doctor immediately if you think you have pink eye. He or she can prescribe antibiotic eye drops or even oral pills, depending on the cause. Pink eye is contagious, so wash your hands with antibacterial soap, clean contact lenses well, and don’t rub your eyes. To make sure you have pink eye, check the following:
    • The dryness and redness is only in one eye, or at least began for the first few days as one-sided before spreading.
    • You recently had a viral or bacterial infection (i.e. ear infection, cold or flu)
    • You’ve been around someone who had pink eye recently.

What Are The Benefits Of Putting Cucumber On Eyes?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

  • Cucumber on eyes will revitalize the skin. Any  skin cream , or cleanser, that contains cucumber is good for firming the skin .
  • Cucumbers have a subtle, mild skin lightening effect. This is why cucumber on eyes is so often used for the dark circles under the eyes. This skin lightening effect can also make your skin appear youthful and glowing.
  • The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers brings down the water retention in the eyes. This will reduce the swelling and puffiness around the eyes.
  • Using cucumber on a sunburn can provide instant, cooling relief. If you experience sun burn on your facial skin, you can rub a freshly sliced cucumber on your skin to cool it down.
  • Cucumber pulp can improve your skin’s complexion, especially if you are experiencing redness or irritation. Cucumber pulp can also help  rej uvenate the skin .
  • Cucumbers can help tighten open pores. Cucumber extract can be used as a toner or skin tightener. This is what makes it perfect in the LifeCell cleanser.
  • Oddly enough, cucumber is not just beneficial on the face and eyes. It can be used on cellulite! Mix ground coffee with cumber juice, and some raw honey. You can apply this to cellulite and wrap it in cloth. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing.
  • Cucumbers are 95% water, so in essence they are a  great moisturizer for the skin .
  • Cucumbers are high in vitamin E and potassium to  reduce fine lines , act as an  anti wrinkle treatment , reduce blemishes and many other signs of aging.
  • Cucumbers on eyes also works well because cucumbers are high in silica and  antioxidants . This abundance of antioxidants is what makes it one of the  best anti aging products.
  • Cucumbers are natural, so when you use cucumber on eyes you can be sure you are not applying anything that will irritate your eyes.

Homemade cures for puffy eyes

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Potato

 


Potato is extremely beneficial for puffy eyes. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps cure irritation around the eyes. Grate a potato, place the pulp into a poultice. Keep this on your eyelids for about 15 minutes. This must be done almost every day without fail.

Cucumbers

 


Cucumbers are cooling agents and their astringent properties are meant to cure puffy eyes. Rest a slice of cucumber on each eye and relax for 5-10 minutes.

Green tea

 


Green tea is known to be a soothing agent for puffy eyes. It reduces swelling of the eyes. Dip 2 bags of your choice of tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Let it cool until the bags are comfortably warm. Close your eyes and place a tea bag over each eyes.