As humans, we desire clear and sparkling eyes as they signify better health and wellbeing. On the other hand, eyes that are dull, bloodshot, or that look tired suggest fatigue or poor health.
Factors that could make one have dull, bloodshot, or lifeless-looking eyes include; fatigue, poor health, inadequate sleep, nutritional deficiency, tobacco smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, spending long hours in front of a screen, working for long hours, a weak liver, and dehydration.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you want clear and sparkling eyes;
- Limit your consumption of alcohol and salty foods as they could lead to fluid retention which, in turn, could lead to puffy, tired, and swollen eyes.
- Ensure you get your eyes checked regularly especially if you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Avoid allergens as they could cause your eyes to become puffy or bloodshot.
- Avoid reading with poor lighting as this could cause an eye strain.
- Limit your usage of, and exposure to, digital screens such as computers, tablets, and TVs as much as possible.
- Ensure you maintain a nutritious well-balanced diet. Foods that are good for the eyes include; bell peppers, spinach, carrots, salmon, guava, and citrus fruits.
Below are various remedies to get clear and sparkling eyes naturally;
1. Drink Lots Of Water
Drinking lots of water goes a long way in making sure that your eyes remain clear. The yellow in the white of your eyes is mostly caused by toxins and impurities. If you do not have enough water in your body, the impurities become more concentrated. The liver uses water to help remove toxins from the body by turning them into water-soluble substances. If you get into a habit of drinking lots of water daily, the yellow coloring in your eyes would start to clear up.
2. Hydrate Your Eyes
It is advisable to splash water on your eyes several times a day. Hydrating the skin around and over your eyes helps them to maintain their moisture, thus make the eyes appear less tired. The water also helps soothe the eyes if the eyes tend to be tired. This should be done with pure and clean water.
It is a long known fact that carrots help improve the health of your eyes. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A which is essential to the health of your eyes. They also contain a certain substance called beta-carotene which also helps the retina of your eyes. The main reason your eyes may not appear clear and sparkling is because they are not healthy. It goes without saying then that healthier eyes will be much clearer and much brighter. The substance, beta-carotene, is a potent antioxidant that helps protect the eyes from certain diseases and cataracts. Fresh carrot juice works just as well.
Spinach is another vegetable that can help improve the health of your eyes. Spinach contains lutein, vitamin A and carotenoids that help improve the health of your eyes as well as help in making your eyes get clearer. The Carotene also protects the eye from macular degeneration and cataracts.
During the mango season, make sure you eat a lot of mangoes. The vitamin A, which mangoes are rich in, is essential to the health of your eyes. Mangoes are also a good source of calcium which is also essential for the eyes. One should eat more than 100 grams of mangoes every day when they are in season.
6. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are also a good remedy for making your eyes clear and bright. Start by boiling half a teaspoon of the seeds in one cup of water. After boiling them, leave them to cool. This liquid makes a good eye drop. Apply the drops to your eyes every day for crystal clear and bright eyes.
Lack of enough sleep will make your eyes look and feel exhausted. Your eyes take time to rest and rejuvenate while you are sleeping. Make sure that you get more than six hours of sound sleep every day. Sleeping well would ensure that your eyes rest well enough. Your eyes would not appear wrinkled, heavy or dull after a good night sleep.
8. Rose Water
Rose Water is very good for the general health and care of your eyes. Rose water has some antibacterial properties to it. It also has some antiseptic properties that help protect the eyes from dust, inflammation, and much more. Rose water is also very popular for relaxing the eyes when tired and exhausted. It is very effective in clearing dark circles around the eyes. To apply; Dip cotton balls in cold rose water. Then, place the balls on your eyes for up to 15 minutes. You can also apply rose water into your eyes using a dropper. This would clear away dirt and other impurities.
Apples are a generous source of vitamin A and vitamin C. These two vitamins are essential in maintaining good eyesight and making the eyes healthy. Apples also have a lot of antioxidants in them. Apples are rich in bioflavonoids that protects eyes from harmful elements. Eating apples would help keep your eyes clear.
10. Eye Exercises
Sometimes your eyes get tired or exhausted, especially if you have been in front of the screen for too long. This exhaustion makes your eyes look red and dull;
Below are a few different exercises that one can do to help maintain clear and sparkling eyes;
- Look away from the screen every 30 to 35 minutes.
- Close your eyes and squeeze the lids tightly together. Hold this squeeze for a few minutes then open your eyes.
- Look away from the screen and try to blink your eyes very fast for a minute.
- Hold a pencil at about 15 centimeters from your eyes. Stare at the pencil tip for a few minutes. After that, stare at something which is a few meters away for some minutes. Stare at the pencil tip again; repeat this for a few more times.
- Look away from the screen then move your pupils randomly for a few minutes.
- Rub your palms together for some time until they get warm. Cover both your closed eyes with the warm palms. This exercise helps sooth the eyes by relaxing the muscles.
What all these simple exercises do is they strengthen the muscles that control your eyes. Stronger eye muscle will lead to clearer eyes.
11. Cucumber Slices
Slice up a very fresh cucumber and then put the slices in the fridge for a few minutes. Take the slices out, lie down, close your eyes and place the slices on the eyelids. Allow the slices to sit there for about 30 to 40 minutes and then throw them away. This process allows your eyes to cool down and also gives a soothing feeling to your eyes. It also helps in clearing away dark circles. Cucumbers also make the eyes less puffy and swollen by reducing water retention.
Honey contains antibacterial properties that help inhibit infections. Honey can help heal eye infections thus making not so clear eyes clear again. It should be mixed with water and then applied to the eyes using a cotton ball.
13. Tea Bags
Tea with epigallocatechin gallate in it, especially green tea, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that make the eyes less puffy and less swollen. This property is due to the tannins which act as diuretic agents for the eyes’ benefits. Start by soaking the bags in a warm cup of water. After soaking them, refrigerate for more than twenty minutes, and then place them on your eyes. The bags make your eyes feel freshened. For best results, repeat this remedy daily.
Milk contains riboflavin which helps protect the eyes from cataracts. Furthermore, the vitamin A, found in fortified milk, also improves the health of your eyes. Whole milk, however, should not be used because it will form plaque in the blood vessels. For best results, one should use low-fat milk. To apply:
Dip cotton balls in cold milk then leave them on your eyelids for half an hour. After that duration, your eyes will feel much more relaxed and refreshed.
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, contains numerous nutrients vital to the health of your eyes. If you get into a habit of drinking amla juice every day, it would protect your eyes from cataracts. These berries have also been known to tone down irritation in the eyes. The fruit can also strengthen the muscles around your eyes. Amla can also be used as a powder for eye wash, whole or even juiced.
This Indian herb clears away redness in eyes. It also helps tone down puffy and swollen eyes.
17. Wet Warm Cloth
If you have tired and exhausted eyes, you can use a wet cloth to freshen them up. Soak a clean bathing towel in a bowl of warm water. After soaking it completely, wring out excess water and place on top of your eyelids for a minute. For better results, this process should be repeated a few times.
18. Eye Massage
Massaging the muscles around your eyes would give them the much-needed kick of clarity. You can use olive oil or coconut oil for the massage. For this massage, rub the oil on your fingertips. Close your eyes and massage in gentle strokes around the eyes. You can keep doing this until when you feel your eyes are well relaxed.
19. Avoid Fatty Foods
When you take too many fatty foods, some of the excess fats, in the food, makes it difficult to flush out toxins. These toxins will end up making the whites of your eyes appear yellowish.
20. Avoid Sugary Products
Sugar, just like fat, also makes flushing out of toxins more difficult. These residual toxins could also affect the color of your eyes. Avoid any sugary food and drinks if you want your eyes to remain clear and healthy.
21. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol increases the body’s fluid retention. This causes eyes to swell up and become puffy. Salty foods too contribute a lot to making eyes puffy and swollen.
22. Wear Sunglasses
When going out and about on sunny days, the excessive light from reflective surfaces and other places is not healthy for your eyes. People are also forced to squint their eyes a lot in the sun. This squinting makes the eyes tired. Squinting strains the eye’s muscle leading to exhaustion and tiredness. Sunglasses also protect your eyes from dust and other particles that may cause redness and irritation.
23. Eat A Lot Of Peanuts
The omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and zinc, found in peanuts, help improve eye health. These two nutrients go a long way in helping people with macular degeneration. Eating a generous amount of peanuts daily would help make sure your eyes remain clear and healthy.
24. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is effective in treating eye redness and itching. For this remedy, take aloe vera gel and apply around the eye. Then, massage for about 5 minutes. Let it stay for another 20 minutes before rinse off with clean water.
25. Avoid smoking
The smoke from cigarettes has numerous substances that are toxic to the eyes. Smoking also affects the lungs’ ability to purify and filter air. This effect can lead to an accumulation of impurities and toxins in the blood which is bad for the eyes.
Triphala is obtained from equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed; haritaki, bibhitaki and amlaki fruits. Triphala is a rich source of vitamin C which is vital for your eyes’ health. Triphala also comes in a powdered form that usually makes a very effective eyewash. This eye wash reduces the rate at which eyes get tired. Triphala also helps a lot in reducing eye inflammation. To perform a Triphala eyewash, you should mix the Triphala with boiled water. Allow the water to cool down before using as an eyewash.
27. Saline Eye Wash
For the saline eye wash, add 1 tablespoon of salt to 1 cup of distilled water. The saline solution can be used as a wash or in drops too. The saline eye wash and drops wash away foreign particles from the eye. The solution is also effective in relieving itches and eye discomfort.
Propolis is a resinous substance obtained by bees from different plants’ buds. Propolis has numerous antibacterial properties which protect the eyes from certain diseases. Propolis also protects the eyes from cataracts and keep the eyes looking young and healthy. Propolis can be used in an eyewash bath or in drops to help make the eyes much brighter and clearer. Only Propolis water extract should be used for eyewash, the water should not have any resinous substance.
Beets have a lot of benefits when it comes to eye health. The red beets have lutein and a number of other antioxidants. Lutein goes a long way in protecting your eyes from free radical damage. This damage is caused apparently by long exposure to sunlight or blue light (from digital devices). This damage increases the risk of one suffering from cataracts and eye muscle degeneration. Lutein can be obtained from the roots and leaf stems of red beets. Red beets can be eaten whole or taken in a juiced form.
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