It is impossible to see all that is beautiful in this world, so why do people often strain their delicate eyes in a fruitless attempt to take everything in? While some things will never change, we offer you some food alternatives to help you keep your eyes healthy.
"Ow! My eyes hurt." Those four words have become all too common in offices throughout the world. A variety of symptoms---including eye fatigue, blurry vision, deteriorating eyesight, conjunctiva congestion, dry eyes, tearing, and burning in the corners of the eyes---have also become fairly common.
Eye fatigue generally leads to the deterioration of sight, and inadequate nutrition, lack of sleep and excessive use of the eyes contribute to the condition. There are steps you can take to protect your sight: First, take good care of your eyes, all the time; and second, take the recommended daily amount of vitamin A (carotene), vitamin Bs and essential minerals.
Helpful, Healing Herbs
Chinese have a long tradition of treating eye illnesses with juemingzi (catsia tora linn). Jue means to open and widen. Ancient Chinese believed tea made from this herb could correct blurred and limited vision. The traditional Chinese belief is the eyes are attached to the liver. Two ancient medical writings -- Plain Questions and Miraculous Pivot--suggest the liver affects eyesight, and that harmony in the liver results in good eyesight. Juemingzi improves the liver’s functions and benefits the eyes. Chrysanthemum and barbary wolfberry fruit are also good for eyes, as they eliminate inflammation.
Ingredients: 15 grams of juemingzi, 60 grams of jingmi (polished round-grained non-glutinous rice), 20 grams of honey.
Preparations: Grind the juemingzi and cook it with jingmi for 20-30 minutes. Serve the porridge with honey.
Ingredients: 10 grams of Hangzhou crysanthemum, five grams of barbary wolfberry fruit.
Preparations: Place in boiling water. Drink as tea.
The best-quality juemingzi is produced in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and the best crysanthemum comes from Hangzhou. Three or four cups of this tea will benefit your eyesight. In addition, applying the tea around your eyes will reduce swelling.
Animal Liver and Eggs
Vitamin A is known to prevent eye fatigue and sight deterioration. Although the vitamin is prevalent in many vegetables and fruits, the body generally absorbs less than one-third of it. In contrast, vitamin A contained in animal liver can easily be absorbed by human tissue. Dishes with pig or chicken liver can satisfy both the appetite and health needs. Fish, eggs, clams and dairy products provide the body with vital elements, such as protein, calcium, zinc, selenium and other elements.
Animal liver with cucumber slices
Ingredients: 200 grams of cucumber, 150 grams of well-boiled pig liver, 50 grams of coriander, 25 grams of dried shrimp, salt, gourmet powder, soy sauce, vinegar and Chinese prickly ash oil.
Preparations: Cut the liver into pieces; wash and cut the cucumber into pieces; wash and cut the coriander; immerse the dried shrimp in warm water. Place the pieces on a plate and mix with the seasonings.
Barbary wolfberry fruit and pigeon egg soup
Ingredients: 20 grams of barbary wolfberry fruit, 20 grams of dried longan pulp, eight pigeon eggs and some ice sugar.
Preparations: Wash and mince the barbary wolfberry fruit and dried longan pulp; boil the barbary wolfberry fruit and dried longan pulp for 15 minutes, then place the eggs into the pot, and continue cooking with ice sugar until the eggs are well cooked.
Note: Don't eat too much liver. Before eating, immerse the liver in water for three or four hours and cut it into small pieces. Make sure the liver is well cooked.
a. When working with computers or other devices that produce radiation, keep your eyes at least 60 centimeters away. Also, sit so your eyes look down, at a 30-degree angle, at the device;
b. Never spend several hours in front of a computer. It is recommended that you take a break every hour, and that you massage your eyes for 5-10 minutes;
c. Use a lamp if the room is dark;
d. Place some green plants beside the computer;
e. If you suffer from dry eyes, try some moisturizing eye drops.
Points for Attention：
a. Smoking, drinking alcohol and sitting up can negatively affect eyesight.
b. Animal fat, refined carbohydrates, foods with high sugar concentrates and excessive salt intake can harm eyesight.
(Source: Women of China English Monthly)