Sight is vital for leading a good life and it just makes sense healthy vision to promote our eyes’ health as well. Easy steps include wearing sunglasses and hats when in direct sunlight, eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and avoiding cigarette smoke. Here are some useful medicinal plants that you could incorporate in your daily routine:
Eyebright Healthy Vision (Euphrasia Officinalis)
It has long been a folk remedy for the eyes. Most natural food stores contain teas, tinctures and homeopathic eyedrops made from this herb. A South African study found that eyebright eyedrops hastened recovery from conjunctivitis (redness and discharge caused by irritation of the outside lining of the eye). Extracts lower blood sugar in diabetic rats. Whether the same effect holds for humans isn’t yet known.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
It improves blood flow to the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Preliminary research suggests extracts improve vision in people with glaucoma. It is also antioxidant and protects nerve cells, including those in the eye.
Coleus (Coleus forskohlii)
It contains forskolin. Forskolin eye drops have been shown to reduce the production of fluid within the eye, thereby reducing pressure. Therefore, it may have relevance in the treatment of glaucoma.
Cannabis Healthy Vision (Cannabis sativa)
It contains cannabinoids, which, among many actions, reduce pressure within the eye in people with glaucoma. The first studies were done in people who smoked marijuana and showed that the pressure reduction lasted three to four hours. Subsequent studies have tried different methods to deliver cannabinoids healthy vision (intravenously, oral or inhaled). The downsides are side effects (dry, pink eyes; reduced blood pressure; alterations in mental state and behavior) and legality (unless you live in a state that has legalized medical cannabis). However, the identification of receptors for cannabinoids in the eye has raised interest in the development of eye drops.