Tired and sore eyes can be a problem for computer users. Given the full day that many of us have, it’s no wonder our eyes sometimes suffer. And they are the first place to show the effects of tiredness and stress.
Here is a list of the top 6 vitamins, herbs, and phytonutrients to help alleviate the problem of sore, dry eyes, and maintain good vision:
1. Bilberry – is a herb used for eye health. The active ingredients are called anthocyanosides, which are a type of flavanoid. Anthocyanosides are antioxidants that help improve the flow of blood through the capillaries in eyes. They help eyes adjust quickly to changes in light, and improve sharpness of vision. Bilberry has also been shown to be effective in stopping the progression of cataracts when taken with vitamin E. It’s also used to treat diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
2. Vitamin A – is important for good night vision, and may play a role in preventing cataracts.
3. Grapeseed – is good for the peripheral circulation in our eyes. It also strengthens the capillaries.
4. Eyebright – is often used to cleanse and nutritionally strengthen the eyes due to its volatile oil and tannin content. It is best known for its use in conditions of the eye, where it is helpful in acute or chronic inflammations, stinging and weeping eyes as well as over-sensitivity to light.
5. Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Research from Harvard Medical school has found that taking omega 3 oils reduces the chance of getting dry eyes. Try taking 3 to 6 grams of a good quality fish oil supplement daily.
6. Lutein – is found in very high concentrations in the macula of the eye. Lutein is used to help prevent macular degeneration, which is a big problem for people over 40 years of age. Macular degeneration can lead to blindness. Lutein is thought to work as an antioxidant in this capacity.