Defective Vision

Myopia or short-sightedness refers to the inability to see far-off objects clearly. It is a widely prevalent condition.

Symptoms of Defective Vision

Begins with Blurred Vision with Far-off Objects

Myopia begins with blurred vision, particularly with regard to far-off objects. The blackboard at school, the screen in a cinema hall, or the TV screen may look blurred and the eyes of the sufferer may start watering due to strain.

Itching and Heaviness in Eyes, Mild Headache

There may be itching and heaviness in the eyes, and the patient may suffer from a mild headache.

Causes of Defective Vision

Mental Strain, Wrong Food Habits and Improper Blood and Nerve Supply

The three chief causes of myopia are mental strain, wrong food habits, and improper blood and nerve supply. Mental strain puts a corresponding physical strain on the eyes, and their muscles and nerves.

Reading in Dim Light or too Glaring Light

Other causes of this eye disorder are reading in dim light or in too glaring a light; reading in moving trains, buses or cars; watching too much television and films; and excessive reading.

Remedies for Defective Vision

Defective Vision Treatment Using Vitamin A

The intake of vitamin A is of utmost importance for improving vision. The best sources of this vitamin are raw spinach, turnip tops, milk cream, cheese, butter, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, soya beans, green peas, fresh milk, oranges, and dates. If taken as a supplement, 25,000 IU of vitamin A are recommended daily.

Defective Vision Treatment Using Triphala

Triphala, the famous Ayurvedic preparation, is considered beneficial in the treatment of myopia. This preparation consists of three myrobalans, namely, embelica myrobalan (indian gooseberry), chebulic myrobalan (harad), and belleric myroblan (bahera). A decoction of this preparation should be made by mixing thirty grams of Triphala in half a litre of water and should be taken by mouth and also used for washing the eyes twice a day. This will bring good results if continued for some months.

Defective Vision Treatment Using Liquorice

Another effective remedy for myopia is liquorice. Half a teaspoon of powder of the root, mixed with an equal quantity of honey and half the quantity of clarified butter, should be given twice daily with a cup of milk on an empty stomach for the treatment of this condition.

Defective Vision Treatment Using Chicory

The herb chicory or endive is extremely valuable in defective vision due to myopia. It contains food elements which are constantly needed by the optic system. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin A which is very useful for the eyes. The addition of juices of carrot, celery, and parsley to chicory juice makes it a highly nourishing food for the optic nerve and the muscular system. It can bring amazing results in correcting eye defects. Half a litre to one litre of this combination, taken daily, has frequently corrected eye troubles in the course of a few months to the extent that normal vision was regained, making the wearing of spectacles unnecessary. The formula proportions considered useful in this combination are 200 ml of carrot juice, 150 ml of celery juice, 75 ml of endive juice and 75 ml of parsley juice to make half a litre of this combination.

Diet for Defective Vision

Natural, Uncooked Foods which Include Fresh Fruits

Natural, uncooked foods are the best diet for defective vision. These foods include fresh fruits such as oranges, apples, grapes, peaches, plums, cherries; green vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, spinach and turnip tops; root vegetables like potatoes, turnips, carrot, onions, and beetroots; nuts, dried fruits, and dairy products. Cereals are also necessary, but they should only be consumed sparingly. Genuine wholemeal bread is the best and most suitable.

Avoid Jams, Tea, Coffee, White Bread, Meat, Eggs

Jams, cakes, pastries, white sugar, white bread, confectionery, tea, coffee, meat, fish, and eggs play havoc with the digestion and the body and should therefore be avoided.

Suggestion for Defective Vision treatments

Sun Gazing

The subject should sit on a bench, facing the rising sun with his eyes closed, and gently sway sideways several times for ten minutes. He should then open his eyes and blink about ten times at the sun and look at some greenery.


Plain cold water should be splashed several times over closed eyes. The closed lids should then be rubbed briskly for a minute with a clean towel. This cools the eyes and boosts blood supply.


The subject should stand with his feet twelve inches apart, hands held loosely at his sides, his whole body and mind relaxed. He should sway his body from side to side gently, slowly, and steadily, with the heels rising alternately but not the rest of the foot. This movement may be likened to the slow moving of the pendulum of a clock. Swinging should be done in front of a window or a picture, so that the window or picture appears to be moving in the opposite direction of the swing. When facing one end of the window or object, the subject should blink once.

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Cure for crying while chopping onions
suggested by Diane on Friday, May 9, 2008

I found that while chopping onions, I can prevent myself from crying if I hold my tongue against the back of my upper teeth. I don't know why but this always works for me.

defective vision
suggested by sivasubramanian on Friday, January 18, 2008

Close your eyes with your palm look into the darkness and swing the eyes sideways try to rotate your eyeballs slowly remove the palm and slowly open the eyes and wash the eyes with cold water. Repeat this exercise thrice a day for three months.

eye problem & skin itch, dry, infection
suggested by tan on Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Eating carotenoid rich foods particularly high in beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and supplement of fish liver oil is necessary. Fish oil 6g/day or more, VitA50, 000IuI a day is needed to treat the illness for 3 months or longer. VitC,VitE, alpha-lipoic acid, & selenium & plenty of broad-color spectrum of fruits & vegetables would help in the healing process.

garlic soak for eye infection
suggested by teona on Thursday, May 3, 2007

chop one piece of garlic, put in a medicine cup, put one eye in and blink, several times,then the other eye next, works wonderful for eye infections, or for the relief of tired, sore eyes. once or twice a day for 3 days recommended.

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