Last Modified on Mar 04, 2014
With age, all of us suffer some loss of vision and visual acuity, but natural foods and home remedies can combat these vision problems and protect your eyes. For sure, carrots truly are great for your eyes, but that's only the start of the natural cures for eye health!
When it comes to visual acuity, we want to be concerned about both the muscles of the eye and the iris, as well as with the health of the photoreceptors in the back of the eye - our rods and cones.
Home Remedies to Improve Eyesight
In addition to the beta carotene in carrots, our eyes can possibly benefit from other vegetable sources of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid sources or supplements, and from various eye exercises, such as utilizing pin-hole eyeglasses. These and other eye care suggestions you can find below to correct blurred vision. Here at Earth Clinic, we are always interested in discovering more home and natural remedies; have you or your family been utilizing a method to improve eyesight that isn't listed here? Please share it with us!
[YEA] 01/02/2009: Karen from Atlanta, Georgia, USA: "My vision improved significantly within 30 minutes of taking Bilberry. After I took it I could lay my glasses down and could see well enough to find my glasses, peel a band aid etc. I couldn't do that before. Try it!"Replies
03/24/2013: Janet from Sparta, Missouri, U.s.a. replies: "Karen, how much Bilberry did you take?"
[NAY] 10/11/2012: Paul from Plano, Texas: "Hi, I had an accident last week where I had a detached lense. Then my fiancee told me abot your solution. Castor oil solution. Well now I am sufferring fog in my left eye. And it made things worse."
[YEA] 11/10/2008: Rita Cachia from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia : "Vision improvment
I have been taking 3 cayenne pepper caps a day and I cannot believe how i can see better. I am typing away without glasses this evening. My vision is +2.5 on the left and +2.00 on the right.
Also I suffer from a bad cocxyx (tail bone pain) since I started the caps my pain has halved. I read somewhere it heals nerves I think its true.
I am telling everyone about it.I take a capsule with everymeal.Its working. I had a brand new wart which became sore so I mixed cayenne pepper with a drop of water to make a little paste and put it on the wart. Put a bandaid on it and now its gone. Try it."Replies
[YEA] 02/27/2011: Mikeyp from Eldridge, Ia replies: "I threw away my glasses after taking 4 grams of cayenne fruit capsules per day for 2 months. Even Walmart stocks them."
02/28/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Could you please tell us what your eye problem was? I also have eye problems but I had no idea about the influence of cayenne pepper. Although I don't take the pills (I find them a waste of money) I do take quite a bit of the real stuff but I never noticed a difference in my eyesight."
11/06/2011: Grrrl from Sarajevo, Bosnia replies: "I highly doubt that you can reach that amount of cayenne pepper in pure powder form. You should never think that a remedy for your health is a waste of money! And caps with cayenne are natural caps PACKED with cayenne so I doubt it is the same amount you use in food, nobody could eat that!"
09/03/2012: Hgkv from Banura, Egatham/ Vernovia replies: "You are just trying to market the product. She was right it is indeed waste of money. Please dont play with peoples money and health."
10/29/2012: Rivenraven from Colvile, Washington replies: "They are not marketing a fricken product! It makes perfect sense to me that the capsules are better as treatment then the amount you add in food. I don't think anyone will eat 3 tsp of cayenne a day in food, it's just too spicy. I am broke so I put 3 teaspoons of cayenne in orange juice along with some turmeric and chug it, but I doubt other people would be willing to do that lol. It's pretty horrid. I haven't done it in a few months, and I think I need to start doing it again, I feel like I have permanently tired eyes and eye strain. Time to step up the cayenne."
01/04/2013: Ihateglasses from London, England replies: "Im starting to take 120mg of standardized gingko biloba capsules as ive read a few studies where its helped with improving eyesight, and I believe gingko has similar effects as cayenne because they both help improve circulation so ill report back in about 2 months time."
05/28/2013: Ute from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Usa replies: "I agree, I don't think she is marketing about her success with cayenne. This stuff works wonders for a lot of things, I tried it for sinus problems and that was the one thing that helped (tea with appelcider vinegar and about 1/4 tsp cayenne) did not try it for my eyes yet but I should try it."
02/16/2014: Nm from Houston, TX replies: "I don't think Bosnia was trying to market any product. Usually the supplement is a more potent form of the supplement, at a higher level of the ingredient than you could reach my eating the foods. Your reaction is a natural one, but I think if you do a little research you will see the difference."
02/20/2014: Man from Sojouring America replies: "If she was trying to "market a product", she would have had a specific brand name, because anybody can go to the store and buy a pound of cayenne pepper for about five dollars. How is that "marketing a product"? I tell people to take turmeric and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, both of them foods from the grocery store. If she was "marketing" she would have said that her cayenne is special and all the other cayenne pepper was just not as good as her brand. Capeeche. Now, I am going to try increasing my cayenne consumption and see if my tired eyes can feel a little better. They have felt burned out and hazy lately. I did some painting with oil paint rust inhibitive paint and the next day my vision seemed off, ( inside with little air movement). On to the kitchen to get the cayenne pepper."
11/18/2012: Barry from Memphis, Tn, United States: "For most of my life I have worn either contact lenses or glasses. As for contacts, I have preferred gas permeable lenses for the level of oxygen, to accommodate my natural tendency to have dry eyes, and to hold the shape of my eyes in order to prevent further astygmatism. Soft contacts would, after a short time, begin to move with my eye lids. (There are some gas permeable lenses that are, surprisingly, very, very comfortable.)
About a year ago I began to notice or to develop some allergic reactions to the contact cleaners/solutions I was using. I am not sure why or how this happened, and it is not important for the purpose of this post, but instead of trying a new brand I decided to go "natural. " Over the years I have been learning a great deal about these things, in part from this very website (i.e. All of you). So I am writing to share my experiment.
For an entire year I have been using hydrogen peroxide to clean and soak my gas permeable contact lenses and filtered water as a rinse. The results have been far better than expected. The contacts are as fresh as when I first wore them. No deterioration. This is due in part to the fact that I do not rub the contacts to clean them. I simply soak them in a 3 percent solution of common household hydrogen peroxide. (See ingredients when you buy your common household peroxide and be sure the only ingredients are purified water and peroxide to 3 percent strength. ) Then, I rinse them under a stream of filtered water from a plastic ketchup bottle. (The water comes from a "water station" hooked up to a public supply but filtered by reverse-osmosis.)
(I do not know about the dangers of getting hydrogen peroxide in your eyes, but it has happened to me on few occasions. Certainly painful, but obviously not deadly. Best to be certain with rinsing not only the contact but your hand/fingers.)
This system has not only solved my allergy issues but also extended the life of the contacts. It has also, I am certain, if not contributed to my eye health not subtracted from it. Finally, it is less expensive.
Note: There is also an over-the-counter brand of cleaner/disinfection for soft contacts that uses hydrogen peroxide as its main ingredient. I know little about this, as I have not worn soft contacts for many years."
[YEA] 03/02/2012: Evan from Hastings, Florida: "Nobody has tried this here yet so I thought I'd put my 2cents in. I'm 40 yrs old and have always done, what I call eye exercises. You need to be outside in a large open area and what you do is hold your hand over one eye and look at something as far away as you can and then look at your other hand, close to your face. You do this back and forth as fast as you can for 30 seconds, and then switch eyes. You don't have to cover your eyes, but if you don't your domanant eye will get most of the workout. When you feel like your eyes have done pushups you have done a good eye workout. By the way I have 20/15 vision!"Replies
03/03/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Evan, thanks for this new exercise! I have been heavily into eye exercises, have quite a lot of books on the subject because my eyesight is quite bad. I am very myopic and in the meanwhile, because of the age I am presbyopic as well. I also have two coaches but they demotivated me by telling me that I was actually exercising too much. I am a hands on person who needs to be motivated and feeling that I am working hard to reach my goal. I then got so confused that I eventually gave up. I have to say that despite all my efforts I never saw much improvement. I still try to keep the good habits like looking away from a book or the computer or TV regularly, try to keep my visual field open and so but right now I am looking into laser surgery. I am fed up of not seeing any improvement! Too bad because I really enjoyed my voyage into natural eye therapy! I will try your exercise though.... No harm in doing that.
Another exercise one should do regularly is neck exercises, circles, side to side, diagonal, up and down and then doing the same only with the eyes, without moving the neck. That one should do even after surgery because otherwise the bad eyesight can come back and it improves the circulation in the head! There is too much conflicting information around, like should one avoid wearing glasses or not, some say yes, others say no. Anyway, my glasses and my lenses are lower than my actual prescription and as I don't drive it is not a problem!"
09/27/2012: Lucky from Liverpool, Uk, Uk replies: "hI... Is someone ever tried palming for eyesight improvement? I have long distant weak eyesight."
[YEA] 02/09/2013: Kitti from Sterling, Va replies: "This exercise helps instantly! Thanks v. much for sharing your tip."
[YEA] 02/20/2014: Man from Sojouring America replies: "I like Evan's comment here. I have a bit of poor near sightness developing I have noticed in the last short time. Some one had mentioned somewhere that taking a small grid and reading through it helps. I took a salt shaker lid and put it over one eye and cover the other one with my hand and read the smallest print I have and then look up and read what I have printed on a page about 6 feet away alternatively. It has lessened the annoyance of the one eye having a slightly poorer vision for reading.
The difference in vision was making reading a head ache to me but this exercise of using pin hole salt shaker lid as a "pin hole" glasses, it has really helped.
Is my vision perfect now? No. But am I able to continue to read with less annoyance? Yes. So, the eye exercise is a big winner and the pin hole type glasses also."
02/21/2014: Caitlin from Austin Texas replies: "I get tired of carrots, but they work! My mother (late 80's with near perfect far vision and only using reading glasses), upon hearing that my vision was off said that the 'old folks' she grew up with recommended eating a carrot every day and your vision would improve. Well, every day for the past 2 weeks, I've grated just 1/4 of a carrot into my smoothie mixture. End result: my vision has definitely improved to such an extent that I'm reading 1 size smaller letters than before and this, without my reading glasses. And, my vision is not so blurry. Natural remedies such as eye exercises and carrots may take time, but they CAN, over time, work to fix what ails us! Astounding advice from my mother! Thanks MoM, CAT"
[YEA] 03/04/2014: Man from Sojouring America replies: "This is a quick report back on the vision issue. My left eye has improved markedly. It is back to normal. Normal for the left always has been a little weaker than my right as long as I can remember. What I did was eat a few carrots a day and a can of spinach also, with some Extra virgin Olive Oil, and I put this salt shaker lid with small holes in it over my eye and I covered by other eye with the palm of my hand and then I looked and read the smallest print I had and then lifted up my eyes to read typing on that I taped on the wall. I looked up and read a few seconds and then looked down to read the smallest print and then back again. Just a short time. Also, I now wear a pair of UV clear work goggles to look at the computer to cut down on the glare from the monitor.
The three prong approach on the vision issue in summary.
1. Carrots and spinach ( spinach contains high level of Lutein) (sic?) and EVOO ( the oil it to help the body absorb the oil soluble nutrition).
2. Eye exercises with a pin hole type thing over the eye.
3. Glare reducing clear glasses for reading the computer screen monitor.
I hope this helps somebody. Over and out."
03/04/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "When I was very young, eye exercises brought my very deteriorating eyesight back to normal. I just used eye rotation. I actually got idea from reading the comics fun facts. At much older age eye exercise don't help as much. I benefit more by eye relaxation. Just goes to show that one must experiment to find out what works for their situation. Also remember that wearing eye glasses will worsen ones vision so unless you really have to use them, minimize wearing them."
08/26/2008: AC from West Midlands, England: "My Mother in law has a book about herbs -- growing them and the different things that they do.
The book is called "The book of herbs" and is by Dorothy Hall. This book was published in the 1970s, so if you are seeking it you may only find it used.
In this book, the author suggests that you can improve your eye sight by "boiling fennel leaves in water until the water is reduced by half" and applying this to the eyes every day when it's cool. She lists no exact qualities because she says these aren't necessary. The body will use what it needs and discard the rest.
She also suggests drinking fennel tea to keep slim. Maybe people are confusing fennel with fenugreek which would explain several recent comments about people gaining weight while taking fenugreek.
My question is, has anyone tried these remedies? I know that fennel is good for digestion, but for weight loss and eye sight too?"Replies
08/26/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello To the one with the fennel/herb efficacy question: Your question on fennel cannot be answered until you can identify what the author of that herb book is calling fennel! Is it that common weed with a distinctive odor that we southerners frequently call dog fennel. Our inability to answer this question is why I recommend that everyone buy themselves l or more good herb books and another good reference book for identifying these so-called "weeds" that usually are wonderful herbs. How many of them can you identify beyond the dandelion? You never know when you might be reduced to gathering and preparing those herbs for your own use, so you should become familiar with those in your area. You should also have a good reference book about what local plants are safe to gather and eat. Most bookstores stock some good reference books in this area. If you aren't familiar with him, James Duke's book, "The Green Pharmacy" is based on the information he gathered before retiring from federal employment, which can be found in the Federal Government's data base on plants, not only on the plants in N.A. but plants from other countries also. I suggest that you concentrate on your local plants because if you find yourself in a position of needing this information, you aren't likely to be able to order "cat's claw" from South America or anywhere else at that time."
[YEA] 10/20/2011: Sindee from Carlsbad, Ca replies: "This is an East Indian spice that we drink in our tea concoction once a day for maintaining good digestion. Also helps with bad breath and a few other ailments."
08/03/2012: Anon from Anon replies: "How are these two posts for fennel "yes's"? Neither said it improved vision for him/her, just one read about it in a book and another said they heard it helped other problems too. Just checking to not get confused. Thanks"
[YEA] 10/15/2010: Dianna from Austin, Tx: "Ok - I have very dry skin. Cool air, wind, all of these make my skin feel tight, dry and itchy. Recently I discovered that ghee (clarified butter) rubbed on my skin at night made it feel much better and I wake up with younger skin. So - I started putting it near my eyes and on my eyelashes and it would get into my eyes and it felt good. I have had fatty deposits on my eyeballs for a while now and usually can't drive at night and have to wear reading glasses to read (i am 50) but imagine my surprise when I had to drive in the dark for an emergency and had no trouble! And also I found myself not reaching for my reading glasses as often!!! Now I put the ghee into my eyes every night. Also my eyes are whiter in the morning and I have almost no crows feet!!! Amazing!!!"
EC: For those wishing to learn more about Ghee: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghee
02/16/2012: Anon from Anon replies: "Maybe adding straight vitamin A to the eyes would help, too."
12/15/2012: Cherokee from Moulton, Alabama, Usa replies: "What kind of Ghee did you use for your eyes? There are differnet types like, vegetable, cows milk & etc. I would like to try this myself so if you could give me exact brand, strength and etc. I could be sure and NOT mess up maybe."
01/16/2014: Elaine from Fairfield, Ct.: "I have a friend who has retinitis pigmentosa...I checked your remedies and one said no cure and another said H2O2 with equal parts water into the eye...Is there anything new or has anyoone out there had positive results with the H202 or anything? Thank you."Replies
01/16/2014: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Cold pressed castor oil will cure cataracts so I think it is worth while giving it a go. I use it and it gives brightness and deeper colour. Apply twice a day, especially at night. Very nourishing. Om"
01/16/2014: Blanche from Louisiana replies: "I agree that castor oil is soothing in the eye, especially at bedtime, but I can't agree that it cures cataracts. I used it faithfully for 6 months, and went to eye doctor expecting him to ask me what I'd done and that the cataracts were dissolving, but he told me that they were worse....Turned out he was right."
09/21/2010: Yannis from Athens, Greece: "Dear Ted. My wife was diagnosed with Stargardt disease in her eyes. I read two books (one minute cure by Madison Cavanaugh and hydrogen peroxide - medical miracle by William Campbell Douglas) and I found that macular degeneration was on a list of diseases that could had good results with hydrogen peroxide. I also read that specific cases had different treatments with hp. Do you know how hp can help someone to see improvement to his vision when he has stargardt disease? Is it possible to reverse the damage to his eyes? My wife also takes Tahitian Noni, two per day or super booster from Life extension, vitamin C 1000mg from Quest, super Zeaxanthine form Life extension, Omega 3 and every two days B Complex and stress care from Himalaya. We bought an 35% food grade 500ml and she wants to start taking it. Can you help us? Thank you!"Replies
01/08/2011: Jamie from San Antonio, Tx, Usa replies: "Yannis, could you tell us more about the hydrogen peroxide treatment and if it is safe? My wife also has Stargardt's. Thank you. I would also like to ask if anyone else has any ideas or remedies as to what might help Stargardt's disease. Jamie Jamie8491(at)hotmail(dot)com"
[YEA] 01/12/2013: Brandon from Buffalo, Ny replies: "Yes, 35% hydrogen peroxide works! I have LHON eye disease and it has greatly improved my vision."
01/12/2013: Art from Tustin, Ca. Usa replies: "Are you saying to use straight 35% hydrogen peroxidec in your eyes? Art"
02/08/2013: Katrina from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "Brandon, can you please tell me more about how you use Hydrogen Peroxide to improve your vision with LHON. We think my son may have LHON and I would be interested in hearing from you. Have you tried any other treatments that have been helpful to you?"
02/09/2013: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "Art from Tustin, Please, please whatever you do don't put straight 35% HP in your eyes!! You may do irreversible damage!!! I don't know anything about the cure for your eye disease, but I do know that you can't use straight 35% HP."
06/24/2013: Jody from Gilmanton, Nh replies: "I have heard alot of h202 recently to improve the vision in LHON. Where do you buy it and what is the correct way to use it or doseage amount??"
06/25/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Hi, you have to use 'food grade hydrogen peroxide' and dilute it to 3% with 'DISTILLED WATER'. I had to use a 1% solution, as I found 3% was too strong to start with. Some people can tolerate 3%, or more..... Not me!!! Lol Love Andrea c xx"
09/16/2013: Md from Az replies: "Well, A couple drops of 35% food grade h2o2 in a glass of water on a completely empty stomach is a good place to start. To get your stomach empty quicker take a tsp of baking soda in a glass of water first. 10mM h2o2 has been shown safe in the eyes which is 0. 034%. Double check my calculations before applying to the eyes. Also you should add the h2o2 into a salt solution like that which is given with neti pots."
09/01/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hi Francisca and all who would like to save their vision ; I'm going to offer a suggestion that may help, or at worst, it won't hurt. The B vitamins, B6, Folate, and B12 have shown to at least improve the eye conditions of : optic neuropathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and visual acuity. They have helped me with dry eyes, blurred vision, and double vision. Although I have taken a large variety of B-complexes and individual B's for over 25 yrs., I found that they didn't work well until I began taking the sublingual lozenge of methylcobalamin, Mb -12. It is a natural form of B12 that is more easily available for the body to use. 1000 mcg. Daily may be a good possible dosage for eye health. ( It has also helped my years long lower back pain and sleep disturbance among many other conditions). But, it can take many months to see improvements, even over a year. It may be worth some consideration."Replies
09/01/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks Connie, I have exactly the same complaints as you! I will try but I am not sure at all those lozenges are sold here. Still, I have access to four countries so I will do my best! I will save your post anyway....."
[YEA] 08/31/2011: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, Usa: "I just wanted to share this with the Earth Clinic community. Sometimes I read post that make me think; I wonder if it is the placebo effect that make them feel better. But this one I know it is true it happened to me and I am very excited! Months ago I bought a juicer (not the expensive kind, just a $100 one at Target) and started juicing. I started noticing problems with my eyesight (I wear lenses) and I thought, uhm, all these years I have never stopped seing with my lenses even when the prescription got a little bit stronger. I couldn't see with my lenses. So I told my daughter, I wonder if my eyesight got better with the vegetables and she laughted. I took them off and still couldn't see.
Well last week I finally went for an eye exam and from -3. 00 I went to -2. 00 on my lenses and -1. 50 on my glasses. So I know it was the juicing! I had stopped juicing for about a month and I am now going to start again, even though now I am afraid my new prescription won't last. It makes me wonder if we can revert all the way to 20/20???"Replies
08/31/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Lita209, I have found the same thing although I am not juicing. I am having chlorella and spirulina powder with liquid chlorophyl every day. I usually find it very hard to drive at night because I am practically blinded whenever a car passes me (especially on a two way road with minimal streetlights.
Anyway I had to drive at night recently and I kept thinking my eyes seemed better because the headlights weren't blinding me as they usually did. I didn't even have to avert my eyes to the side of the road when a car passed as I used to.
I haven't noticed a difference when trying to read street signs from a distance but I will keep an eye on that as well."
08/31/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "I'll expand a bit on my question.. We bought a juicer.. We were juicing carrots mainly.. I was drinking a lot of ginger beer and grapefruit juice. Those were the main things. Your e mail has reminded me that the carrots are the only thing out of a long list I haven't tried.... What happened was I was watching the tv.. And everything went blurry, so I took my glasses off and could see absolutly perfectly.. I really mean perfectly! .. I Felt I was going Hyperglycaemic, and had a sore mouth I was on a quick release multivitamin... So as advised I stopped everything. In ten days my eyes went back to where they were with glasses. This is absolutly true and ive been trying to repeat the magic ingredient, ive even been through the supermarket slips to repeat the exercise. But so far no luck. You can imagine it was a bit of a shock to suddenly see perfectly again.. so thats why i'd like to know what you have been juicing."
09/01/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Debbie, as I am not getting any better with all the supplements I have tried I am stopping everything and going to start with the Chlorella Spirulina today! I also have Chlorophyl but pills, I suppose that it won't make a difference! Maybe that will change the dryness in my throat and eyes. I have an appointment with the GP next week to see whether I might have Sjogren's but I hope not as the idea is making me panick!
As far as the copper goes, I bought it but I am not sure whether to go on taking it or not. I tried for two days, 2 ml three times a day in a glass of water meaning 0, 9mg copper a day. But I got a bit of a metal taste in my mouth, my throat felt even drier during the night and my stomach seems slightly upset (I felt a bit nauseous). I have stopped taking it now. My husband who is a chemist said he would never take a heavy metal and I read on the Internet that Alzheimer's could be connected with zinc and copper deposits in the brain. I bought the copper at the pharmacy and it says that it can be used for flu symptoms and rheumatism."
09/01/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I am with all of you on this, I would love to know what Lita has been putting in her juices! I have been juicing for 18 months now, just anything really, now in the summer more fruit like black berries (just bought a lot from a friend so need to use them up quickly), grapefruit, avocado, apples, carrots, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, you name it but so far no changes in my eyesight! I am very myopic, not like Lita but sometimes you see even more changes in higher prescriptions. I try to do trampolining whenever I can, try to use my eyes well (I have read a lot of books on the subject), do some exercises but nothing ever seems to happen so know what people are doing that works would be a huge help!
To Gavin: My gingerbeer is going well. I strained it yesterday and am leaving it to ferment again till tomorrow, then I will start drinking it. Stupid enough I don't remember whether I forgot to put in the sugar but as it didn't really taste sweet I added a bit yesterday still, if I didn't put the sugar in would it still ferment? And another question, about the ginger water before sleeping. Isn't ginger something that would keep you awake? I forgot to take it yesterday but I can try tonight still I am a bit worried it will make me even more awake!"
09/01/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Thanks Debbie.. I mentioned to francesca, that I thought it might have been the fractionated yeast in the ginger beer that caused the improvement in vision. But it might also have been a combination of things.. As at that time I was juicing a lot of carrots. A chap in his nineties with good eyes also said the trick to vision was B12. I was getting that in the vitamins, and still am but the x factor dosn't seem to have popped back into the equasion yet. I'll be back on carrots next week so will also keep you posted. I was juicing the whole carrot with the top still in it. That has something in it as well. I ve been wearing glasses for twenty years and they've been getting stronger, but the pair im wearing at the moment are the ones I had ten years back. I've also ordered some Hyluronic acid capsules.. As root vegies have it as long as eaten raw.. Its a bit like msn.. Which is lost in cooking. I'll just keep banging away till I work it out."
09/01/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Gavin, there is some information on the web that says chlorophyl improves vision! That is the green tops for your carrots you were juicing. That is the green vegetables and the green herbs. I take a liquid chlorophyl along with the spirulina and chlorella. I take about 15ml per day.
I found an article that says chlorophyl improves vision and "night vision".
Here is two links you may find interesting on foods beneficial for healhy eyes.
09/01/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Thanks debbie.. When I get the juicer out.. I'll ad a few of the goodies suggested in the website. When you think that to make an 8 oz glass of carrot juice it takes about ten carrots, your certainly getting a good daily supply lol."
09/02/2011: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, Usa replies: "Hey Gavin to answer your question; I remember having as base carrots, beets and apples. I would try different things like celery, cucumber and spinach. Spinach didn't work for me because you need so much to get so little. Also I would use pomenagrate, orange, strawberries and sometimes ginger. But the basic was always carrots, apple and beets. I hope this helps. To our health!!"
09/02/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Thanks for your reply Lita, that seems to back up what I was using in the juicer when my eyes came right. Mostly carrots some apples. Plenty of grapefruit juice.. And oranges.. Plus a few billberries as they came off the bush. Plus B12 in a multi."
09/02/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "I will do- dont worry. I'm going to get a load of carrots monday in the shopping."
08/15/2012: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Do not juice the greens off carrots!!!!! They're poisonus to humans!! Love andrea c xxxxxxx"
10/20/2012: Swedish Chef from Sf Bay Area, Ca replies: "I'm a little late in this thread, but I think it is the beets. I started drinking beet kvass and noticed an improvement in my eyesight. At the moment my eyesight is blury because I just tried the ghee remedy suggested above (but my crows feet are much finer after just a few minutes. So ghee on crows feet, but not in the eyelashes is my preliminary conclusion.)"
Ocular Hypertension Remedies
12/03/2013: Jan from Wisconsin: "I've been searching for natural ways to help with ocular hypertension, aside from the usual advice to eat carrots for your eyesight. I haven't found anything on the subject on your website - is there anything I can do to help postpone the loss of eyesight or to halt it from worsening? Thanks! ~Jan"Replies
12/04/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Jan,
I am hopeful that there are things that would preserve your eyesight. Several things that come to mind are: activated charcoal powder, eyebright, and carrots.
You mentioned that you have been told to eat carrots. Juicing organic carrots would be a better way to get the important nutrients in larger quantities. I would highly recommend 2 cups of fresh carrot juice a day. It is a bit of a time commitment, but the "carrots for eyes" is not just a myth. I have a friend who reversed and "incurable" eye disease with carrot juice. (I am sorry I do not recall what the name of it was.)
The herb Eyebright got its name because of its usefulness in eye disorders. You can buy eyebright supplements and take capsules or a tincture. The is a Dr. Christopher Eyebright tincture that can be taken internally and can also be diluted in water as an eyewash.
Finally, activated charcoal has been used successfully to treat eye disorders. Here is how to make charcoal eye drops.
1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
4 ounces pure water
Strain through a coffee filter.
Drop 1 drop of the filtered charcoal water into your eyes twice a day. (3 or 4 times a day is better but not convenient.)
An even stronger way to use charcoal is with charcoal poultices over your eyes at night. (See, "How to make a charcoal poultice" under activated charcoal powder on Earth Clinic.) Here is a link to a story about someone who had great success treating a serious eye disorder this way.
While she was not treating the same condition, it was a condition of the eyes and there was inflammation that would lead to blindness that was reversed.
Charcoal is also used by people for regular hypertension. Charcoal reduces inflammation.
All of these things can be safely done together.
Please let us know what you try and what helps you. I do hope you see results quickly with what you try and that you can save your eyesight.
~Mama to Many~"
[YEA] 12/10/2009: Nature from Portland, Maine: "Hi,
First let me say that neither my husband nor I wear glasses and we are in our sixties.
When we find our vision going out of focus we stop trying to read immediately. The worst thing you can do is try to force your eyes into focus. Then we palm (Bates Method for Improving Vision) We palm throughout the day. Once you palm for a few minutes, try reading the material again. You most likely will have brought your eyes back into focus. If you already wear glasses, palming frequently throughout the day will most likely help your vision.
What is palming? Cover your eyes with the palms of your hands formed in a cup to avoid pressure on your eyes. The objective is to make it as black as possible to allow your eyes to refocus (regain its point of central fixation).
This has certainly helped our eyes and it might be worth a try."
12/12/2009: Saba from Mentor, Oh replies: "Question for Nature from Portland, Maine - thanks so much for posting. Are your eyes closed or open while palming? Thanks!"
[YEA] 02/01/2010: Earthfirst from Chicago, Il replies: "This palming method works great for me. Thank you for the much needed relief."
[YEA] 02/24/2010: Anna from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Palming is excellent for vision - and esp. for any retina problems (like detachment). Eyes are closed."
03/05/2010: Cdyoliverr from Mission Hills, California replies: "Can you tell me why palming would work and not just closing your eyes?"
02/20/2014: Man from Sojouring America replies: "I am curious about this "Palming". Let me get this straight, you cover the eye with a cupped hand and make the field of vision completely dark (in both eyes at the same time?) and then remove the palm from the eyes and then do that again. Is this what I am hearing?"
Peer Through a Small Hole
[YEA] 11/07/2009: Martha E. Martinez from El Centro, Ca: "This is amazing. The way to improve (I'm afraid to say completely cure) your eyesight is to do this: Peer thru a small hole the size of a pencil lead width. Use a card or your hand. Look thru and you will see your eyesight is perfect! Not sure exactly why it works but if you use it to exercise your eye, it will improve your eyesight dramatically. You can even feel your lense contract as it works to adjust itself. It works quickly and 5 minutes a day for a couple of weeks will do the trick. Then just as needed after that to keep them eyeballs in shape! And if you ever forget your glasses, peering thru a pinhole will do in a pinch.
They sell what are called pinhole glasses online (cheapest on ebay) but they are too dark, I don't like them much. But the idea is they help you improve/exercise your eye!"Replies
[YEA] 11/08/2009: Pareetp from Los Angeles, California replies: "oh so true. our dad used to make us look at moon thru the hole in the needle (the small upper portion where the thread goes in)..... it improves eyesight."
11/09/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Martha, that is so cool! I've noticed my eyes getting worse and I have to say, I was very skeptical, but it worked! I'm going to try to do that every day and see if my eyesight gets better. Thanks for the great tip!"
11/09/2009: Roslyn from Okc, Ok replies: "Can you be a little for detailed? Do you cover one eye with your hand and then with the eye that is uncovered you look through something the size of a pen hole? I need to excecise my eyes.
[YEA] 01/12/2010: Linda from Vancouver, Wa, Us replies: "This works and has been used by Eskimos with their traditional snow goggles with the narrow slit for peering through. You can also buy glasses with black lenses but dotted with pinholes - they work very well and are called pinhole glasses. The results are immediate but they will also improve your vision if worn regularly. I've also seen plastic fashion glasses that are similar to pinhole glasses in teen fashion shops that are less expensive."
02/02/2010: Nk from Ny, Ny, Usa replies: "I have same question as Roslyn, do you peer with both eyes @ the same time or you cover one eye with something. Please reply. Thank you."
[NAY] 02/27/2010: Mary from Mukilteo, Wa replies: "I have tried looking thru the eye of a needle and cannot make any progress of even seeing thru it at all. Any suggestions? Is there a size of the eye of a needle or will any do?
03/08/2010: Bito from Fort Worth, Tx replies: "If you wear glasses do you peer through the hole with or without glasses?"
03/09/2010: Saba from Mentor, Oh replies: "I think you do it without your glasses. here is a demo on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjaQKYnx15A
Hope this helps."
07/17/2010: M from Mukilteo, Wa replies: "How large can the eye of the needle be to be useful?"
11/19/2012: Yolanda from Carbondale, Il replies: "You don't want to look through a needle. The object of the exercise is to block out most of the view and just look through a small hole. That way the light hits the back of your eye in one small place. It works. There are glasses you can get for this called pin hole glasses."
[YEA] 03/09/2013: J.t. from Tyrone, Georgia Usa replies: "I have been occasionally using pinhole glasses for reading and computer work for about 35 years. They keep your eye muscles strong and I believe help to keep the lens circular. I am 69 years old and just got my first set of mild prescription glasses (1.5 mag) from an ophtalmologist a couple months ago.
As a follow-up, don't use the pinhole glasses while driving because you lose a lot of your peripheral vision."
[YEA] 11/19/2009: Jeri from Lincoln, Illinois: "Several years ago I started consuming pumpkin. I had heard that the canning process doesn't harm it the way it does other vegetables so I began taking about a half cup per day in hot water seasoned as a drink, or with butter like a vegetable. My reason for taking it was for the beta carotene antioxidant qualities and fiber. After having warn glasses for distance for almost 50 years, I started putting them on top of my head because they were bothering me. When I went for my next eye exam the dr. told me my vision had improved. It has been several years now that I do not wear my glasses except for reading. I am 67 years old. I didn't know that one's nearsightedness was reversible. The only thing I had done differently was taking the pumpkin (which has protected me from flu when everyone around me was sick when I was teaching school). One day I heard Paul Harvey on the radio talking about a supplement for macular degeneration and that some people were claiming their vision was improving. I then knew for sure it was the nutrients in the pumpkin. Plain canned pumpkin with nothing added is a great addition to a healthy diet. My favorite is pumpkin in chicken broth with liquid ammino acids to taste(similar to soy sauce) for flavoring, shredded chicken breast and brocolli. The anti-inflammatory number in that is very high!"Replies
02/24/2010: Elsaeasterly from Elsewhere, Ca, Usa replies: "How long did you consume pumpkin before you saw results?"