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Updated on December 23, 2007

A young child may complain about many things but he rarely complains about his eyes. His vision may be blurred, and he may even see double but he does not know much about it. Proper eye care should begin even before the child is born. Young children should always be protected against strong sunlight, for this may damage the sensitive nerves of the eye. Looking at the sun without proper protection is also harmful.

Many things can occur with the eyes of a growing child. Parents must observe the following signs:

Inflamed or watery eyes may be due to rubbing of the eyelids. It could also occur due to eyestrain.

Blinking and frowning may indicate some eye condition that should be looked

for.

Covering and eye so that the other may see is another important sign of wye trouble. The two eyes may not be in proper focus.

4. Frequent crying and headaches should also be looked for.

Eye troubles in children are often due to using the eyes in a poor light. The child’s eyelids may be red and swollen and watering more than usual. Indirect lighting is best, both at home, at school, or at work. Light colored walls and ceilings are best because they diffuse the light in all directions.

Do not allow your child to watch movies or television for long periods of time, as this puts strain upon the eyes and nervous system. When a small speck of dirt gets into the eye, there is instant feeling of pain and tears from the eyes.

The areas around the eye are easily injured by a blow or due to other reason. Soon the skin around the eye turns black because many of the smaller blood vessels under the skin have been torn. Infections of the eyelids are usually due to some germs.

HOME REMEDIES FOR EYE CARE

Use a few drops of honey, ghee or sesame oil in the eyes.

Boil 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds in 1 cup of water until it has reduced to half. Cool and use as eye drops.

Put 3 drops of rose water in the eyes daily to give soothing effect to the eyes.

Soak a cotton pad in rose water, milk or aloe vera juice and apply to closed eyes for 10-20 minutes while lying down comfortably.

Place a slice of cucumber on each eye for some time.

Boil 2 or 3 figs and 1 tablespoon of raisins in 1 cup of milk. Drink each morning to improve the eyesight.

Grind about half a cup each of almonds, raw sugar and aniseeds. Divide into 40 doses and take one each day with a cup of warm milk. This is an effective home remedy for eyes.

Rinse the eyes with water daily. Rest eyes if working for long periods.

Prepare a mixture by adding some cardamom seeds with 1 tablespoon of honey. Eat daily.

Carrot juice is very good for eyes. It contains beta-carotene, which is rich in vitamin A and essential to maintain good eyesight.

Walk bare footed on green grass with morning due early in the morning.

B-complex and cod liver oil also helps to increase eyesight.

To refresh tired eyes try the palming method to refresh eyes. Simply cup your hands and place your Palms over your eyes.

There should be a break between the regular works. First, blink your eyes several times. While you keep your eyes closed, roll your eyeballs both clockwise and anticlockwise and take a deep breath. Gradually open your eyes while releasing your breath. It serves as a good workout for the eyes.

While working for long hours, look at distant objects either in your office or outside at least for 15 minutes before getting back to the work.

Splash water on your face while closing your eyes during the break.

Another home remedy for eye care is - Keep two used tea bags in the refrigerator place the tea bags on your eyes for a few minutes as you relax. This not only soothes tired eyes, but also reduces swelling.

Drink plenty of water. It will help to reduce the swelling under the eyes.

Reduce smoking and alcohol consumption (either alone or combined) as it causes irreversible optic nerve damage. As both nicotine and alcohol are nerve toxins.

If dirt enters your eyes, do not rub as this may cause the dirt to stick inside. Blink several times to start your tears flowing; this will help flush out the dirt.

A balanced diet, regular sleep habits, a balance between work and rest, ad exercises -- all play an important role in maintaining our health and helping us maintain our eyesight.

Honey helps in curing eye ailments like itching of the eyes and conjunctivitis. In fact, regular intake and external application is said to prevent glaucoma in the initial stages of the disease. This is an effective home remedy for eye treatment.

For a black eye apply cold water to the injured area at once. This will help to control the bleeding and relieve the pain. For immediate relief wrap a small piece of ice in a thin clothe and apply this directly to the eye till the pain and swelling subsides.

If the eyelids are swollen because of the insect bites or infection, add one tablespoon or Epson salt and an equal amount of ordinary salt to a pint of boiled water. Warm this solution before applying it to the eyelid. Dip a cotton swab in the solution and apply to the swollen lid. Repeat this four or five times a day.

Apply warm, moist compresses several times a day treating the infection for at least ten minutes each time.

Plain warm water may be used. Most infection will disappear within a few days with this simple treatment.

Avoid rubbing the eyes with dirty fingers and infected towels or handkerchiefs.

Avoid the use of strong soaps and anything else that may irritate the skin, especially around the eyes.

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    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Interesting, I love your idea about walking in the dew on the grass! Also, practicing looking at far away objects for fifteen minutes is interesting.

      Ben

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