Eyesight Treatments

Dry Eyes/Blepharitis

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes, often referred to as “Dry Eye Syndrome”, is a very common complaint. About 15% of the population, in all ethnic groups, experience varying degrees of Dry Eye Syndrome.

Like most eye conditions, Dry Eye Syndrome is often related to health conditions elsewhere in the body. It is commonly associated with dryness of other mucous membranes and interior body surfaces, such as joints and brittle nails. 0

It can also be a sign of digestive imbalances, or of more serious systemic autoimmune diseases, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens Syndrome or Lupus Erthematosus.

The proper production of tears basically takes place at three layers:

  • The Mucus Layer – the closest layer to the corneal epithelium. This is produced by the conjunctival goblet cells, and is absorbed by the corneal surface glycoproteins, creating a hydrophilic corneal surface.
  • The Aqueous Layer – between the Mucous and Lipid layers. This comprises of 90% tear film. It is secreted by the lacrimal gland and incorporates all water-soluble components of the tear film (slightly alkaline at pH of 7.4).
  • The Lipid Layer – the most superficial layer. The Meibomiam glands produce it with minor contribution from other glands. The secretion is a sebaceous fluid at body temperature, and stops evaporation of the aqueous layer, thereby allowing tear film to mould itself to the eye’s surface.
  • The Blink – renews the tear film by delivering aqueous and lipid to tear film and sweeping away debris. The normal blink interval is every 5 seconds. Tear film is typically stable for about 10 seconds

Symptoms

The typical symptoms include dryness, grittiness, irritation, difficulty reading for long periods of time, burning and even the seeming contradiction of excessive tearing or watering.

 

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the rims of the eyelids, which causes them to become red and swollen. It is very common, accounting for an estimated 1 in 20 eye problems reported to GPs.

Blepharitis is more common in people over 50, although it can develop at any age.

The symptoms of Blepharitis can include:

  • Burning, soreness or stinging in the eyes
  • Crusty eyelashes
  • Itchy eyelids

Blepharitis can be caused by a bacterial infection, or it can be a complication of a skin condition such as:

  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis, which causes an itchy rash on the skin and scalp (seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp is called dandruff)
  • Rosacea, which causes the face to appear red and blotchy

It is not possible to catch Blepharitis from someone else who has it.

Holistic treatment options start by identifying the potential cause, as this can be very individual.

The most common causes are dehydration, hormonal imbalances, allergies, autoimmune conditions, acute/chrinic infections, prescription medication side effects, and environmental exposure.

Natural eye drops may help in the short term, but will only act as a bit of a ‘sticking plaster’! It is the underlying cause that needs correcting.

Once an underlying cause is identified, or at least suspected, HealthPoint acupressure can do its job efficiently, treating stimulation points relating to those causes. HealthPoint has been found to be extremely effective anecdotally and scientifically for many types of eye problems and their symptoms, often with fast relief. Of course it is equally important to ensure dietary improvement.

 

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Computer Eye Syndrome

As a result, working at a computer for a long period of time, without breaks, can cause unnatural strain on the eyes that can result in a condition called “Computer Fatigue Syndrome” (not to be confused with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, hence not abbreviated to CFS). Another name for this condition is “Computer Vision Syndrome”.

Similar in nature to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Computer Fatigue Syndrome is largely a repetitive use or stress injury.

Computer users have shown to have a reduced average blinking time while using computers, which, according to Japanese investigators, causes a major risk of developing transient, or short-term dry eyes.

Over a period of time, excessive computer use can have cumulative negative effects on the user, including the worsening of farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, eye-focusing disorders and poor eye coordination.

In addition, constant working from a set position can cause neck and shoulder stiffness, as well as stress headaches, which can then cause pain in the jaw (referred to as Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ).

Symptoms of Computer Eye Syndrome include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Headaches
  • Red, dry or burning eyes
  • Increase in nearsightedness
  • Change in colour perception
  • Slow refocusing
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Eye-teaming problems and/or occasional double vision

Causes of Computer Eye Syndrome may be related to:

  • Extending short distance focusing
  • Reduced average blinking time
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor Posture
  • Excessive glare
  • Starchy Diet

While Computer Fatigue Syndrome is not a serious medical concern in itself, it can interfere greatly with daily life, especially if symptoms are exaggerated or experienced on a daily basis.

Many natural methods may offer relief from pain and prevent further strain. HealthPoint acupressure is one technique that can offer eye relief.

The sides and front of the thumb joints are usual points related to the eye, and HealthPoint can help you to locate these very precisely to ensure the best chance of relief.

Adjusting the computer and work setting also helps prevent strain. Lowering the computer screen and adjusting the screen brightness are two simple ways to prevent computer eye strain and improve productivity when working on the computer regularly.

 

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Floaters

The term ‘Floaters’ is a common name for those small dark shapes that appear before your eyes, seemingly ‘floating’ through your field of vision. The correct medical term for the condition is “Degenerative Vitreous Syndrome” (DVS).

It is reported that over 50% of people over 70 years of age report seeing floaters.

The vitreous humour is the gel-like substance which fills the space in the eye between the lens and the retina. It is transparent, enabling light to pass through. The gel itself provides protection to the retina, and helps the eye to hold its shape.

It is only when this vitreous gel begins to degenerate that it loses its form and liquefies. If this happens, the vitreous can peel away from the retina entirely in what is known as a “Posterior Vitreous Detachment” (PVD).

Without the gel intact, collagen fibres may collapse, bind together, and form clumps. These fibres then float around and appear as spots, squiggles, or strands in the field of vision. This is what we see as “floaters”.

This problem is not thought to be physically harmful. The only thing that may occur is that the shock-absorbing capability of the eye may be reduced.

Warning: If you suddenly notice new spots in your vision, see your eye doctor right away to rule out serious problems. A sudden increase of floaters can be an indication of a vitreous or retinal detachment. People who are very nearsighted and/or diabetic are particularly prone to floaters and retinal tears. If you suddenly see new floaters, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately.

Causes

Reasons why the vitreous syneresis takes place is not precisely known. There does appear to be congenital causes, such as genetic disorders, as a possible root problem. As well as anecdotal reports of environmental causes.

Vitreous degeneration is usually associated with middle-age, but children and teens have been widely reported also.

Floaters are also believed to be more common in nearsighted eyes. Most people who have the problem in one eye will also have it in the other.

The HealthPoint acupressure approach for floaters and similar eye health problems is interesting. The liver traditionally governs the eyes. Therefore HealthPoint stimulation points would concentrate on the liver and gall bladder meridians, aiming to reopen blocked flows through these areas.

You’d know you’re on the right track if, after a few sessions, you find your overall vision improving slightly, along with your digestive health.

 

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Eye Problems

Multiple sclerosis can cause several problems that affect vision. Blurred and deteriorating vision is a very common occurrence. The reason is almost certainly caused when the myelin sheath develops scar tissue after being damaged during an auto-immune-system attack.

Optic neuritis is one example of a common MS-related eye problem. It is often the first symptom that people with MS experience.

Optic neuritis is caused by inflammation or demyelination of the optic nerve, which transmits the image from the eye to the brain.

Although optic neuritis generally tends to affect only one eye in people with MS, it can affect both eyes. This can either be both eyes at the same time, or one eye after the other.

Frequently there is pain, particularly during eye movement, often accompanied with a temporary partial loss of vision.

Double vision (diplopia) is another potential  early symptom of MS. Double vision occurs when the nerve pathways that control eye movements are damaged.

Nystagmus is  a condition in which the eyes are seen to move in a more or less rhythmical manner, from side to side, or up and down. If it is more persistent, nystagmus may contribute to dizziness or nausea.

HealthPoint acupressure treatments for Multiple Sclerosis are performed according to each patients signs and symptoms, as MS follows a loosely defined progression, in most cases, meaning that each patient may suffer different sets of typical symptoms, in differing patterns, often with periods of remission.

The stage of Multiple Sclerosis mostly related to vision is Stage I. Initially  symptoms in Stage I usually begin with visual disturbances a/or a period of muscle weakness, which can include muscles around the eye socket. This may clear up on its own, or otherwise may need treatment, which can include HealthPoint treatment, whereby the patient may not experience any more symptoms for an indeterminate duration.


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Squint

As with most childhood problems, a squint, or “Strabismus” as it is otherwise known, has always been thought to be almost certainly caused either by a nutritional deficiency during the development of the baby in the womb, or damage caused by eating high levels of starchy foods during pregnancy. Also if the child has been given excess starchy foods in his/her formative years.

Although these causes will be contributing factors, Acupressure specialists have now researched further to try to find a more specific and authentic reasons for its cause. Their conclusions confirm that eye squint is manifested as a misalignment due to:

  • Lack of coordination among six major eye muscles
  • Nerve palsy
  • Hypermetropia (long-sightedness)
  • Poor vision in one eye due to cataract or cataract susceptibility
  • Amblyopia (also known as Lazy Eye)

Acupressure has proven a miraculous treatment for patients suffering from this type of eye problem.

Acupressure for squint problems is thought to be one of the best remedies to contribute towards a cure for this problem. HealthPoint acupressure has no side effects, and works with the misalignment to help to heal, with a fundamental technique of exerting charismatic pressure at the specific blood veins from where the squint problem is shooting.

It is best to treat the problem as early as possible. Children aged 3-6 are thought to respond the best to acupressure techniques for this issue, although it is equally safe to use on babies.

HealthPoint is safe to use for any age, even for babies.

 

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is defined as a collection of diseases that causes optic nerve damage.

Open Angle or Chronic Glaucoma is the most common type. This responds well to nutritional intervention as per our recommendations.

Narrow Angle Glaucoma is an ocular emergency. The symptoms can be a sudden, painful red eye, nausea, vomiting, headache and visual halos. In the event of the symptoms above seek medical help immediately.

Low Tension Glaucoma is usually a sign of poor circulation. Heart problems, brain tumours, or toxic drugs can all produce optic nerve damage that may present as glaucoma, as well as genetics and other less serious factors. It is therefore important to get this checked out right away, and if you are known to be susceptible, to have regular eye checks.

Secondary Glaucoma develops secondarily to other conditions. For example, due to inflammation, injury, blood in the eye, or drug side effects (such as from steroids). A Natural Health Doctor or other appropriate health professional is recommended for diagnosis and appropriate treatment

Glaucoma Suspects are people with higher than normal eye pressure but never develop glaucoma. These people should be monitored regularly. This responds well to nutritional intervention as per our recommendations.

Congenital Glaucoma may occur in the first few months of life. A Natural Health Doctor or other appropriate health professional is recommended for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Causes of Glaucoma can include:

  • High level of stress, resultin in poor breathing, digestion and comfort eating.
  • Bad diet, from starchy foods (bread, pastry, biscuits, and breakfast cereals. These all cause high level of glucose in the bloodstream.
  • Nutritional deficiencies, often from important nutrients including essential fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, taurine, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B-complex.
  • Drugs (mostly prescribed drugs), which will have side effects, e.g. antibiotics being a prime culprit in poor digestion due to the killing of important stomach flora that inhibits Taurine, an important amino acid in the eye.
  • Family history of Glaucoma, including genetics, or simply living the same lifestyle.
  • Other chronic diseases, which can raise IOP, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hyperthyroid disease.
  • Being African-American (glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among this population.)
  • Extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness (known to have a higher level of risk of angle closure).
  • Steroid use, often in the form of eye drops, nose drops or inhalants (elevates IOP mildly in approximately 16% of people).

Symptoms of Open-Angle Glaucoma typically have little or no warning signs as it develops slowly. If at risk, therefore, it is important to have regular checks, as otherwise, by the time a patient is aware of vision loss, the disease may be quite advanced.

Angle-closure glaucoma is caused by blocked drainage canals in the eye, resulting in a sudden rise in intraocular pressure.

Symptoms of Angle-Closure Glaucoma include:

  • Hazy or blurred vision
  • The appearance of rainbow-colored circles around bright lights
  • Severe eye and head pain
  • Nausea or vomiting (accompanying severe eye pain)
  • Sudden sight loss

In Glaucoma, fluid is not draining properly from the Canal of Schlemm, and this builds up pressure. Vision begins to fail, resulting in loss of small areas of peripheral vision (blind spots). During acute attacks, blurred vision or halos around lights is possible. HealthPoint has the potential to help clear these blockages, along with treating other pathways related to some of the other causes. Regular use could help to prevent the disease along with other lifestyle, nutritional, and treatment factors.

 

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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is the most common eye disease in the western hemisphere. Because of its exposed position, the conjunctiva comes into contact with more micro organisms than any other membrane.

Bacteria, such as pneumococcus, staphylococcus or streptococcus, cause some cases although allergies and some viruses can also cause conjunctivitis.

A virus called adenovirus causes other cases. This virus can be spread in many ways including swimming pools, wet towels, etc. The infection usually starts in one eye and is spread to the other quite readily. It usually results in red, irritated eyes and disappears in three days to a week. If the symptoms linger, more acute treatment may be needed. The infection can enter the cornea and create little clouded areas that may affect vision.

HealthPoint acupressure uses pressure points all over the body that correspond with your eye symptoms. These include, the  inner corner of eye, closest to nose;  the outer part of eye, closest to the ear;  the web between your thumb and first finger; the web between the big toe and second toe;  between the second and third toe;  the outer edge of the eyebrow, at the soft part of the temple; and the soft indentation at the base of your skull.

Symptoms:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • “Glued” eyelids from discharges overnight upon wakening in the morning
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A feeling of itchiness and griminess

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Macular Degeneration

There are many factors related to the condition known as Macular Degeneration. The most common cause is a circulatory problem that often increases with age.

The macula itself has a very high requirement for proper nutritional elements, oxygen, and the elimination of waste products in order to function properly. Circulation problems reduce the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the macula and will cause a dysfunction in the macula and, ultimately, its degeneration.

Early signs include:

    • Blurred vision with close work
    • Seeing straight lines as wavy (doorways appear as a figure of eight)
    • Your sight degrades as you look straight at print or faces
    • A black hole (starts grey and goes steadily blacker) may form in the centre of your vision
    • Sensitivity to bright light and night vision
    • You can only adapt very slowly from light to dark
    • Eventually you may only have a small amount of peripheral vision

There are two forms of the disease – the wet, more commonly the dry form.

In the dry form, there is a breakdown or thinning of the retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) in the macula. In the wet form, the membrane underlying the retina thickens and then breaks.

While there is no standardised treatment for the dry form of AMD, there are natural treatments that can help, especially when it comes to preventing both types of AMD.

Some studies have shown that acupressure can enhance the cellular ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) synthesising capabilities in the retina, helping to improve visual acuity for AMD patients.

There are also some herbs that may have beneficial effects for the prevention and management of AMD. These include Bilberry, which contains active antioxidant compounds, and also strengthens the capillaries and reduces bleeding in the retina.

Microcurrent stimulation is one of the main acupressure techniques available to treat AMD.

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HealthPoint Use For Eyesight Problems

How Can Microcurrent Stimulation Help Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Diseases

Microcurrent stimulation (or electro-acupuncture) is an exciting development that is now being used to treat Macular Degeneration. Results of initial clinical trials indicate that 70% of patients, with the dry or wet form of Macular Degeneration, will have a significant improvement of vision.  The medical profession increasingly recognises the contribution that can also be made by acupuncture in the relief of many eye complaints. Read more…

Electronic stimulation is a therapy in which a weak electric current is used to stimulate the retina and the diseased macula to restore sight though points known as acupuncture points.

Dr. Merill Allen and Dr. Leland Michael published their preliminary study in 1993, on the rate of development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) in people using nutritional supplements, and using simultaneous therapy with electronic stimulation.

Dr. John Jarding reported his results in 1997 after treating thirty-five Macular Degeneration patients with a controlled electronic stimulation applied to eight points around the eye – all thirty-five patients reported an improvement in their vision.

HealthPoint, developed over 12 years by a leading British doctor, is designed to provide all the benefits of Microcurrent Stimulation as well as Acupuncture without needles.  It is used by health professionals in many hospitals and is designed to be used safely and effectively by the public for self-treatment.

HealthPoint is effective in treating:

Visit www.eyesight.nu for more information about different eye disease.

 

HealthPoint™ Works in two ways:

  1. HealthPoint™, with it’s unique point location system, enables you to quickly become an expert.
  2. HealthPoint™, then applies electrical pulses to these points enabling you to treat any condition that acupuncture can help.
 

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You will know you are on the correct point when you FEEL a distinct ‘stinging’ sensation. This is nothing to worry about and isn’t ‘painful’. It is an indication that you have reached the correct acupressure point. Mild electric pulses then stimulate these points with the correct use of the HealthPoint instrument.

The effects of this therapy are:

  • An immediate and long lasting relief from at least 60% of the symptoms. And, with continuing therapy;
  • Promotion of healing and tissue regeneration.

This enables you to become an expert almost immediately locating and treating the exact points.

 

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