Natural Remedies for Night Blindness
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Slow adaptation to changes in light levels
- Difficulty seeing in the dark ALL the time
According to WHO, night blindness affects 5.2 million preschool-age children and 9.8 million pregnant women worldwide, and is often related to a Vitamin A deficiency. Figures for the general population are not available.
Night blindness also can be caused by near-sightedness or cataracts.
Depending on the cause, treatment may be cataract surgery or medication. Some health conditions can lead to night blindness, such as:
- Fat malabsorption
- Glaucoma and/or glaucoma medications
- Liver disorders
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Vitamin A deficiency
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits (particularly brightly colored for the Vitamin A), quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.
Our eyes demand a steady supply of nutrients. When we don’t meet that need, eye tissue damage may be the result.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bone broth
- Grass-fed liver
- Raw milk
- Vitamin A-rich foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, milk, eggs and fish
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE
- Anything that depletes your body of nutrients, such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.
- Excessive caffeine
TEAS AND HERBS
- Black Currant
- Dandelion (made with the flowering part)
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- Bilberry extract
- Ginko Biloba
- Lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin (http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2017/7/Improve-Night-Vision/Page-01)
- Vitamin A (if you have a deficiency) and Zinc, which is necessary for the synthesis of Vitamin A
Your eyes will suffer if your body is dehydrated. Lubrication will be impaired. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. Studies show that regular exercise and a good diet protect your eyes from dysfunction. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Lack of sleep has been linked with the damage to blood vessels in the eye. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.
Stress may lead to poor circulation in the eyes. Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:
- Art therapy
- Bach flower remedies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- An eye massage for several seconds, using the palms of your hands to apply gentle pressure
- An old and reportedly effective remedy is to apply fish liver oil applied to the eye (the liver having been cooked over charcoal). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4348990/
- Be sure to include fat in your meals and especially with your Vitamin A-rich foods; it helps in the absorption of the vitamin.
- Bentonite clay poultice
- Use red-tinted glasses or a different prescription for night vision.
- Acupressure (https://www.herbalshop.com/natural-healing/acupressure-massage-for-night-blindness/)
- Acupuncture * http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1188-acupuncture-improves-eyesight-for-retinitis-pigmentosa-new-study)
- Ayurveda (https://www.remedyspot.com/treatment-of-night-blindness-according-to-ayurveda/)
- Chinese Medicine (http://www.tcmwindow.com/symptoms/Eye/Night-Blindness-treatment.shtml)
- Chiropractic (https://www.thejoint.com/minnesota/woodbury/woodbury-32004/chiropractic-care-and-the-health-of-your-vision)
- Homeopathy (https://www.drthindhomeopathy.com/disease/night-blindness/)
- Watercure (https://www.watercures.org/)
- Avoid looking directly at light sources
- Supplement with Vitamin A only if you are deficient. Over-consuming this Vitamin can be harmful.
- Get eye exams by an ophthalmologist every year. Failing night vision can be a symptom of an eye disease.
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Adequate hydration
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep