No matter how often you wash your hands, you have bacteria on your fingers. It may be only your personal bacteria but it’s not a good idea to transfer it to your eyes. The skin on your hands is dry. If you move that bacteria to your moist eye tissue, it could cause an overgrowth of bacteria, also known as an infection.
1) If you have a problem rubbing your eyes habitually or without thinking about it, put a small rubber band on your wrist. When you reach for your eyes, snap the rubber band instead. Then sit back from whatever you’re doing and take ten seconds. Blink and hold your eyes closed for one second, then open your eyes. Do this five times. Blink consciously, completely and hard to fully bathe your eyes in naturally produced tears.
2) If dry eyes persist, rather than rubbing over the gap between upper and lower lids, gently massage the lower lids up. This may not work for those who wear contact lenses. Don’t apply much pressure. Functionally all you’re doing is using the lower lid to serve as a buffer while you move moisture up over the eyeball. Because you’ve got dry fingers pressing on a dry lower lid, you’re at less risk of transferring bacteria to a moist environment. This lower lid massage is also a great way to get rid of any foreign materials in your eye.
3) Chamomile tea has great anti-inflammatory properties. Brew up a cup of pure chamomile tea and cool it in the refrigerator. Soak a clean cotton pad in the cooled tea and place it over your closed eye. Lay back and relax for fifteen minutes. If your eye is still inflamed, do this again with a fresh cotton pad.
For those who can’t tolerate cold liquid on your eyes, you can do this therapy with warm fennel tea. If you can’t find fennel tea, just use 1 tsp of dried fennel and one cup of boiling water. Let the tea steep for 15 minutes and strain away from the herbs. Let this liquid cool to lukewarm, then apply it with clean cotton pads for ten minutes.
Use a timer when applying teas to your eyes so you don’t fall asleep and leave the pads on your eyes for too long.
If you have a problem rubbing your eyes and need to break this habit, start with dedicated blinking. If the dryness persists, consider talking to your doctor to make sure that your tear ducts are working properly.
Stomach-churning video footage has gone viral when the doctors were removing a wriggling parasitic worm from a man’s eye. The Indian man whose name is not mentioned was complaining of itching and pain in his eyes before he decided to seek the help of medical professionals.
Awed doctors discovered the parasite, which was measuring 15 centimeters, squirming in one of the man’s eyeball and took it out.
Upon conducting further tests, doctors came to discover that there were other worms in the blood of the 60-year-old man from Karnataka – a state found in the south-west of India.
The man decided to get help at the New Medical Center in Kundapur. Doctors could not explain how the worm got into the eye of the man.
Ocular filariasis is the actual medical name for having a parasitic worm or its larvae in the eye. These worms are normally transmitted through mosquito bites.
It is estimated that about 120 million people, mostly in Central Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America are infected with this worm. However, it is rarely found in the eyes.
The parasitic worm in the man’s eye was noticed by Dr. Srikanth Shetty. He identified it as being from Wuchereria Bancrofti species.
According to Dr. Shetty, the worm had the ability to permanently damage the eyesight of the man if it had not been removed immediately.
Speaking to local reporters, he said that the challenge was to remove the worm live because killing it inside the man’s eye could have led to complications. He also noted that it was quite challenging to pin it down because it was moving around. The man also had worms in his blood and was put on medication.
This happens to be a type of parasitic worm that infects humans and disrupts the lymphatic system. According to the WHO, it can lead to a condition known as lymphatic filariasis. When an infected mosquito bites a person, it transmits a parasitic larva, which then moves to the lymphatic system and continues to grow. This system consists of a network of vessels that helps the body to fight infections.
The worms can live in the body for up eight years and can produce millions of larvae that circulate throughout a person’s blood to other organs. Apparently, this is what happened to the Indian man.
Infections from these worms normally don’t cause noticeable symptoms. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that it can cause damage to the lymphatic system and the kidney. This can alter the immune system. In some cases, the infection can develop into a chronic condition and cause severe inflammation or swelling of the skin.
The good news is that such parasitic worms are not found in the United States. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This footage came after DailyMail Online published the horrific video coverage when a surgeon was removing a live and wriggling leech from the nostril of a patient. It is suggested that the undisclosed patient from Malaysia fell into the odd predicament when he was swimming in a river a few weeks earlier.
Visually Impaired Baby; Here’s The Emotional Moment Mom Gives Him Eyeglasses For First Time
The current technology we have has made being visually impaired a thing of the past. It is good news to realize that there are plenty of ways we can improve our vision.
Vision declines as we continue aging. There is a certain range during adulthood when our vision slows or becomes affected such that we require a sunglasses or a pair of contact lenses. Though it might be hard to use at first, our eyes gradually adapt. Vision can also become impaired at an early stage of life due to factors like the genes inherited from parents.
But for Baby Christian things were quite different from others. His vision became impaired even before he could talk. He had personally discovered that his vision had a problem though his parents discovered a little late. He was taken to a doctor and it was discovered that his eyes had some problems. The doctor prescribed Christian his first eyeglasses. To ensure comfort and proper function, he was given infant-friendly, baby blue, and soft textured glasses.
However, the parents thought it was hard to introduce the new pair of glasses to their son. They predicted it might take time like in other kids and adults. They planned to capture the whole scene of their kid’s reaction to the new eyeglasses.
His parents had expected for the worse instead of the better part of seeing his vision improve. Unlike adults, it can be very hard to encourage children about wearing eyeglasses.
Christian’s mom was the one to introduce the new fittings. At first, the kid looked nervous on seeing the mom acting suspiciously. He at once turned out confused, upset, and scared. He couldn’t understand what his mom was up to.
It was not until the eyeglasses were put in place. He was almost about to throw tantrums and start crying. Looking at his new pair of eyeglasses and realizing that everything was so clear, Christian was so excited and felt very comfortable. He wore a smile. There were no more blur objects.
Fish oil is obtained from eating fish or taking supplements. The type of fish that are rich in the beneficial oils called omega-3 fatty acids include tuna, herring, salmon, mackerel, whale blubber, seal blubber, and cod liver. The two of the most important fatty acids found in fish oil are decosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Fish oil has been approved by FDA to lower the levels of triglycerides. It is also used for other conditions. It is commonly used for conditions linked to the blood system and heart. There are other people who use fish oil to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides. Fish oil is further used to prevent stroke or heart disease as well as clogged arteries, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, heart failure, bypass surgery, preventing blood clots, rapid heartbeat, and high blood pressure after a heart transplant.
Fish oil is also used for kidney-related conditions as kidney failure, kidney disease, and kidney problems related to cirrhosis, diabetes, heart transplantation, Berger’s disease, or use of the drug called cyclosporine.
Fish oil has been known as ‘brain food’. There are some people who eat fish to help with bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, developmental coordination disorder, epilepsy, migraine headache, mental impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.
Fish oil can be taken orally for stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, phenylketonuria, crohn’s disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, and Behcet’s syndrome.
Sometimes, women can take fish oil to prevent breast pain; painful periods; and problems related with pregnancy such miscarriage (caused by a condition called antiphospholipid syndrome), early delivery, high blood pressure in pregnancy, promote infant development, and slow infant growth.
The oil is also used for prediabetes, diabetes, asthma, dyspraxia, dyslexia, autism, eczema, weak bones, obesity, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, gum disease, sickle cell disease, and prevents weight loss caused by some cancer drugs.
Fish oil is also taken by mouth for weight loss, pneumonia, lung disease, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and to prevent the blood vessels from re-narrowing after a surgery to widen them.
There are some people who use fish oil for dry eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (a common condition that causes serious sight problems).
Fish oil is also used intravenously for itchy skin (psoriasis), cystic fibrosis, blood infection, and pressure ulcers.
How does fish oil work?
Most of the benefits derived from the fish oil come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. Our bodies do not produce their own omega-3 fatty acids. The bodies cannot still make omega-3 fatty acids from omega-6 fatty acids that are common in the Western diet. Much research has been done on DHA and EPA, types of omeg-3 acids contain in fish oil supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce swelling and pain. This explains why it is effective for dry eyes and psoriasis. The fatty acids also prevent blood clotting. This explains why fish oil is helpful for most of the heart conditions.
Ocular migraines are rare conditions that approximately affect about 1 per 200 individuals who suffer from migraine headaches. It is also referred to as an aura migraine, ophthalmic migraine, or a retinal migraine. This condition leads to vision loss or blindness in one eye for a short period (usually for less than an hour). Normally, retinal migraines don’t trigger any damage and are not indicators of a major problem. However, there may be some risk of retinal damage due to reduced flow of blood. It is therefore advisable to go for a medical checkup if you experience these types of migraines.
Causes of an Ocular Migraine
A sudden narrowing or constriction of blood vessels near the eye can significantly reduce the flow of blood to the organ. This can happen due to nerve cell changes in the retina. Symptoms of ocular migraines fade when these changes get resolved and the blood flow returns to normal.
Researchers believe that an aura migraine occurs due to a wave of transient changes in the activity of certain brain nerve cells. Potential triggers of aura migraines include:
Smoking or tobacco use Intense or strenuous exercise activity Hypertension (high blood pressure) Dehydration Low blood sugar levels Hot climates and high altitudes Use of hormonal medications, birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy Withdrawal from substances like caffeine Processed foods containing nitrates Beverages or drinks containing caffeine or alcohol Inadequate sleep Anxiety or stress Exposure to flickering light
Risk Factors for an Ocular Migraine
Certain factors can increase your susceptibility to an ocular migraine including: A family history of an ocular migraine Age (if you are below 40 years) Gender (women of any age, particular around monthly periods or hormonal fluctuations) A personal history of a migraine or a headache An underlying medical condition which interferes with blood vessels around your eyes, such as lupus, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and antiphospholipid syndrome. People with conditions that trigger inflammation or hardening of the arteries in the scalp are also at a higher risk of developing ocular migraines.
Symptoms of an Ocular Migraine
Vision loss in one eye
Your vision may temporarily change for between 10 minutes to an hour in one eye. It is uncommon for visual disturbance to take more than an hour if you suffer an ocular migraine. The same eye is affected by a recurring ocular migraine attack.
Vision sensations and changes
Patterns of spots can eventually grow bigger resulting in total vision loss in the eye. Partial visual disturbances can cause blurred vision or flickering lights. You may also experience sensations across the field of vision.
Vision disturbances can trigger pain for between a few hours to a few days (4 to 72 hours). The pain is normally pulsating (throbbing) and can worsen during a physical activity. It usually affects one side of the head and may be accompanied by other discomforts.
Other symptoms include:
Nausea and vomiting Pale complexion Mental fog Diarrhea Hypersensitivity to sound (phonophobia) or light (photophobia) Difficulties with speech Clammy hands and/or sweating Tenderness of the scalp Tingling and/or numbness in the hands or facial area A disrupted sense of touch, smell, or taste.
Most people who experience migraines, including an ocular migraine, normally go through ‘prodrome’ period. This refers to symptoms experienced before the onset of the condition. They include craving for certain foods, fatigue, drowsiness, changes in mood, tiredness, restlessness, and increased irritability. The prodrome symptoms can occur within a few days or weeks before an attack.
Diagnosis of an Ocular Migraine
It is recommendable to seek the medical intervention of a healthcare professional if you suspect an ocular migraine. While there isn’t a specific test for an ocular migraine, a comprehensive medical evaluation can help determine any underlying causes and the best treatment approach.
Initially, your doctor will establish the nature of symptoms you are experiencing and note down a full medical history. You may be subjected to a physical examination to access your overall wellbeing, including blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Your doctor may use an ophthalmoscope to check damage and abnormalities at the back of your eyes. This screening assesses potential reduction in the flow of blood and damage to the affected eye.
Treatment and Prevention of Ocular Migraines
Once you are diagnosed with an ocular migraine, treatment is mostly focused on dealing with symptoms and prevention of a recurrence. Though the symptoms can be managed, ocular migraines typically disappear on their own. Treatment of symptoms normally involves the use of prescription drugs. However, the doctor should take into account severity of the symptoms, existing medical conditions, the frequency of the attack, and the degree which the attack interferes with your ability to function.
Medication options include:
These target symptoms of pain in general and are appropriate for a number of medical conditions. Pain-relievers can be used during a migraine attack to stop the symptoms. They include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), triptan, ergot, opioids, glucocorticoids, and anti-nausea medications.
These are normally considered if you experience severe recurrent attacks (4 or more attacks in a month). Your doctor can also recommend a preventative therapy if your attacks last for more than 12 hours or if you fail to respond well to pain-relieving medications. Preventative medications can be taken on a regular basis to help reduce severity, frequency, and duration of an ocular migraine attack. They include beta blockers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications.
Proactively Coping with Known Triggers
If your doctor identifies a trigger or multiple triggers during an ocular migraine diagnosis, s/he may recommend preventative approaches to reduce the risk of future attacks. You may be advised to stay away from potential triggers such as specific food, smoke, strenuous physical activities, dehydration, stress, and sleep deprivation.
If you are looking to improve your vision and the present state of the health of your eyes, LASIK surgery is one of the most recommended procedures to undergo. It is a permanent eye correction solution commonly used to correct conditions such as astigmatism (an eye defect caused by an eye’s natural spherical curvature deviation that distorts images in your visual field), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and myopia (short-sightedness). The surgical procedure is low-risk and only takes 10 to 15 minutes for each eye.
Over 20 million people have undergone successful LASIK eye surgeries, and over 700,000 LASIK procedures are done yearly in the US. In the United States alone, there are over 5,000 surgeons who perform this procedure, and there are over 1,000 centers where you can undergo LASIK eye surgery.
Suitable candidates for LASIK Eye Surgery
Before undergoing any surgical procedure, you must determine whether you are suitable for the procedure. And for you to be a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, here are the conditions you must meet.
• You must be at least 18 years and above. • You shouldn’t be pregnant or nursing. • You mustn’t be taking certain prescription drugs that include oral prednisone and Accutane. • You must be in good general health since LASIK isn’t recommended for people with conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, retinal disease, eye herpes infections, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and disorders of the cornea. • You must have healthy eyes and a stable prescription. If you are myopic, avoid LASIK until your late 20s.
Preparation for LASIK Eye Surgery
Before the LASIK eye surgery, your doctor will give you a complete eye examination, and you will need to avail your eye prescription records to your doctor. If you wear contact lenses, you will have to stop wearing them at least two weeks before your baseline evaluation. The reason is contacts can alter the shape of your cornea and interfere with the results of the pre operative exams. So, your doctor will:
• Dilate your pupils to adjust your prescription. • Examine your eyes to ensure they are healthy, and this includes a dry eye assessment, performing a retinal exam, and testing for glaucoma. • The doctor will also assess the curvature of your cornea and pupils, the thickness of your cornea, and the topography of your eyes to ensure you don’t have a cone-shaped cornea or irregular astigmatism.
The LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure
LASIK surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes 10 to 15 minutes for each eye. Your surgeon will apply an anesthetic in the form of an eye drop that is used to numb the eye surface. Often, both eyes are operated on in the same procedure. But, sometimes your surgeon may wait for some few days or weeks to see the results in one eye before operating on the other eye.
During the surgery, the eye is moistened, and a suction ring is positioned in the eye to prevent the eye from moving and to keep the cornea in one position. The surgeon then uses a special instrument to cut the hinged flap of the corneal tissue off the external layer of the cornea. A laser beam is then used to reconstruct the underlying corneal tissue, after which the surgeon replaces the flap, which immediately adheres to the eyeball. A clear plastic or perforated metal shield is then placed on the eye to protect the flap, and no stitches are involved.
Recovery from LASIK Surgery
Healing occurs very fast. However, you may have to take a few days off work after surgery to ensure proper healing. You will need to avoid any form of sports for three days after surgery and contact sports for four weeks after the procedure.
Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery offers you many advantages that include:
• Dramatic reduction of contact lens and eyeglass use • Improved vision within 24 hours • Easy post-care procedures because it does not involve bandages or other post-surgical aids
Potential Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery
As in any surgical procedure, there are several possible risks involved. These include:
• Eye infections, although rare • Significant overcorrection or under-correction of vision • Temporary visual disturbances and discomfort
LASIK eye surgery offers more benefits than drawbacks. And, if you have intolerable eye problems that can be corrected by surgery, you may need to consider LASIK.
Eye floaters are tiny specks that are seen in the vision of your vision, particularly when you look at the bright coloured area such as a white wall or blue sky. They are generated when minute clumps form in the pure, jelly-like matter inside the eyeball. The eye floaters are suspended in this substance, and they move as the eyeball moves. When you try to look at them directly, the floaters seem to vanish.
The floaters can form in different shapes and sizes. Some appear like dots, while others look like little hairy clumps or threads. Mostly, the floaters are harmless and normal. Nevertheless, if they suddenly increase in number, they cause damage to the interior structures of the eye. In such cases it requires doctor’s attention.
What Causes eye floaters?
There are numerous causes of eye floaters such as;
The ageing process
The chances of developing floaters increase as one gets older. Mostly, they tend to occur to people who are above 40 years of age. It is most prevalent to the ones in their 60s and 70s. Nevertheless, younger people also develop the floaters.
As one gets older, the vitreous humour at the centre of the eyeball becomes softer. The threads of a protein called collagen become visible within it. As your eyes move, the collagen strands may appear to swirl.
The Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD)
This is a very common condition that occurs in about 75% of people who are above 65 years of age. It can occur due to changes in the vitreous humour as your eye gets older.
As the eye ages, the centre part of the vitreous humour turns more liquid, and the exterior part—the cortex (has more collagen), shrinks away from the retina. Thus, the floaters develop as a result of collagen clumping and thickening together.
Just the same way as floaters, flashing light can be a symptom of PVD. It can come about if the exterior part of the vitreous humour pulls on the retina—the light sensitive part. This pulling can stimulate the retina, causing the brain to infer it as a light signal forming the impression of flashing light.
In more than half of the people, by the time they are 50 years and above, the vitreous humour has disconnected from the retina. Usually, it does not cause any problems and it goes unnoticed.
In very rare cases, the PVD occurs where the vitreous humour pulls towards on the retina, causing the blood vessels of the retina to burst and bleeding occurs in the vitreous humour. The red blood cells may look like tiny black dots or smoke. After a few months, the floaters disappear as the blood is absorbed back in the retina.
In some instances, the vitreous humour can remain attached to the retina and it can easily tear the retina as it pulls away. If the retina tears, its cell pigments that seep into the vitreous humour causes floaters.
The retinal detachment is not so common and it affects about 1 in every 10,000 people every year. It mostly affects the people with short-sightedness.
If you happen to have a retinal tear, you are supposed to seek immediate treatment, preferably in an eye hospital, since the tears can cause retinal detachment. This is a case whereby the retina separates from the wall at the back of your eye, which can easily damage your eye sight.
When the light enters through the eye and gets into the retina, it is changed into meaningful electrical signals. These signals are sent to the brain through the optic nerve and they are translated into the images that we see. When the retina is damaged, the images that are received by the brain become patchy or completely lost.
In some cases, the floaters are a sign of retinal detachment. When the retina is detached you will experience;
Loss of vision
Bright flash light
A big number of floaters
If you realise that you may have retinal detachment seek immediate medical attention from your optician.
Inflammation at the back of the eye
This is an inflammation at the back of the eye in the layers of the eye in a condition referred to uveitis. It can easily cause eye floaters and it is mostly caused by inflammatory diseases.
If you have at some point in your life had an eye surgery especially cataract surgery you are at a risk of experiencing floaters. In some other rare case, floaters can be caused by;
Floaters are very common in people who have short-sightedness and diabetes.
The eye floaters do not cause a lasting visual impairment. However, if you experience them, you should seek immediate optician attention since they can affect your vision.
The ears provide much more than hearing. They control our balance and amplify sound. Normal wear can lead to problems like hearing loss. However, wax build-up can also block the ability to hear. Our ancestors had the same problem with loss of hearing. but turned to nature for help.
Garlic can Improve Hearing Naturally
There has always been one natural ingredient that works for a number of medical issues. Fresh garlic is affordable, easy to find and does wonders for hearing problems. Scientists are now exploring different ways to bring garlic into modern medicine.
Here are a few examples of how to use garlic as a treatment for ear problems. Everything from wax build-up to inner ear infections could have good results.
Garlic Oil Drops
• Peel and mince 4 fresh cloves of garlic. Place the minced garlic in a small jar and add olive oil enough to cover. • Place the jar in a warm spot, but not in direct sunlight. Do not disturb the jar for 2 days. • After 2 days, strain the oil and keep in a cool dark place. • To treat ears, use an eyedropper and place 4 drops of the oil in one ear. Plug the ear with a cotton ball. Lie down and let the liquid get deep into the ear cavity. • Repeat with another ear. Use once a day as needed.
• This recipe requires more ingredients that may be difficult to find. • Mix 3 drops tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon colloidal silver and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. • Warm this mixture slightly. • Lying with your ear exposed, fill the ear canal with several drops of the mixture. • Remain quiet for about 5 minutes then drain the mixture onto a towel. • Repeat with the other ear. • This mixture can be used 2-4 times per day as needed.
There may not be fancy words for this garlic treatment, yet. But our ancestors knew what worked. Modern medicine is finally taking natural healing and natural hearing seriously. You may even find these garlic recipes in stores one day.
When it comes to my health and healing the body quickly without seeing a doctor, my grandparent’s effective home remedies have me covered. No matter what type of ailment or injury I suffered from as a kid, they always had a remedy for me to use to take away the pain, treat infections, or boost my immune system. In fact, when I was younger, I learned a lot about how the body works and how to maintain my own health without using prescriptions or over the counter medicines.
To this day, my grandparents are still giving me bizarre remedies for minor injuries. When I fell down the stairs the other day, my Grandma offered advice that I will never forget. She told me to boil an eff and rub the extremely hot breakfast item all over my extremely swollen and sore ankle. To my surprise, it actually worked!
Within an hour, the swelling went down and it felt almost as good as new by the next morning. My Grandma taught me all about healthy remedies for different health conditions. Below are even more home remedies that other people’s grandma’s have used to heal the body with stunning efficacy. Discover their words of wisdom below.
It is hard to believe that raisins could really be used in a home remedy to treat an common health issue that plagues many. It is true – the little, wrinkly, and dried up berries usually found in the scones or kids lunch boxes can actually be used for internal healing. Apparently, raisins have the ability to treat the symptoms of arthritis.
Grandparents say that all you have to do is soak golden raisins overnight in a couple spoonfuls of gin. Essentially, the vitamins from the raisins combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of the juniper berries used to make gin reduce swelling and pain. You will not get drunk but it is a great excuse to consume tasty gin all day long.
9. Celery for Bad Breath
According to stories from more than one grandmas, there is an easy solution to preventing bad breath. Apparently, you don’t need to continue to buy numerous packets of gum just to get that minty fresh smelling breath. All you have to do is stick a bunch of celery in your mouth, chew it up, and your bad breath with instantaneously begin to go away.
8. Lemons for Ear Aches
Lemons are well-known for their health benefits and is often used to detoxify the body. Apparently, if you squeeze fresh lemon juice onto your ear bud when it hurts, you can treat the unwanted symptoms of an ear ache. Essentially, the lemon juice stabilizes the pH levels in your ears and helps to clean them out making them feel as good as new.
7. Nettles for Hair Loss
Turns out, there is actually a reason why my grandparents drink nettle leaf tea. There are actual facts behind this unusual remedy as nettle leaves contain high levels of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and beta-carotenes. It is also high in vitamins A, C, D, and B complex and minerals that are effective in hair growth and maintenance. Since our hair is mainly made up of proteins, it is no wonder nettles leaves can help keep hair looking strong and luxurious. All you have to do is boil water and brew four to six leaves for a few minutes before enjoying. It is important to note that nettles leaves are high in silica which can be harmful in high doses.
6. Yams for Menopause
Yams are often confused with sweet potatoes by many people. However, yams have thicker and rougher skin and are also darker in color. In fact, yams are high in vitamins C and A, which help balance out your hormones and tons of dietary fiber that can actually lower cholesterol. All of this contributes to balancing hormone levels in the body.
5. Olives for Motion Sickness
As crazy as it may be to believe – olives that are often used in martinis actually have nutritional value, which sounds more like an old wive’s tale than anything. Olives are essentially high in tannins that has the ability to prevent the production of too much saliva. By eating a small amount of olives, you can treat that feeling of being ill and the symptoms of motion sickness. So, the next time you are traveling somewhere where you know that you will suffer from motion sickness, buy some delicious and juicy olives to take on your next journey. For this, I am sure that grandparents around the world would be proud.
4. Baking Soda for Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are fairly common and can be treated easily with a simple ingredient found in your kitchen. As it turns out, grandparents really do have the answer to everything including how exactly to treat annoying urinary tract infections. The best home remedy to treat a UTI is by sprinkling baking soda into a glass of water to cleanse the cells of the body. The baking soda actually helps to balance your body’s pH levels and makes your bladder more alkaline, which helps to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing unwanted symptoms. If your symptoms are consistent and extremely painful, it is a good idea to consult your doctor to ensure your health and safety.
3. Apricots for Indigestion
This is, by far, one of my grandfather’s favorite recipes that he lives by. He actually consumes precisely five apricots after dinner every day to help digest food better. Dried apricots are very nutritious and high in dietary fiber that can help prevent bloating. Next time you get an upset stomach, eat a handful of apricots to dissipate symptoms of indigestion right away.
2. Potatoes for Spider Bites
It is true – your grandparents may be onto something when they recommend potatoes to cure spider bites. Raw potatoes have anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful and can be applied to the affected areas of the skin. Simply wrap a raw, sliced potato in a bandage or thin cloth and gently rub it on the spider bite for a few minutes.
1. Garlic and Honey for the Cold and Flu
We all know what the symptoms of the cold and flu. First, you start to feel achy and then you get congested and tired. When the symptoms start, grab a clove of garlic and raw honey. Garlic is a well-known antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties that can kill bacteria in the body
Contrary to popular belief, your eyesight isn’t slated to diminish simply because you’re growing older. It’s true the body changes significantly as you age, but your eyes aren’t like your laugh lines or your worry lines. Many people do experience changes to their vision as they grow older, but it has more to do with their lack of proper eye care than their age.
Your eyes don’t know how old you are, and they don’t flip a switch when you turn a certain age. The more you care for them now, the better they’ll work later in life. Don’t just assume you’re destined for poor eyesight and/or blindness once you reach a certain age. You can protect your eyesight now and have better vision later in life.
1. Get to Know Your Family History
Your family plays a significant role in the deterioration of your eyesight over the course of the years, and not just because Great Uncle Lester insists on wearing that blinding neon green suit from 1973 to every family gathering. The family history of poor eyesight or common age-related health issues affects you. According to DocDoc, issues such as glaucoma and cataracts are some of the most common causes of blindness. If your family history shows eye issues like these, your chances of suffering from the same vision-related issues rise significantly.
Anyone who needs contacts or glasses sees their optometrist like clockwork. Those afraid they’ll need them or live with perfect vision are more likely to skip out on those appointments. Busy schedules, life, and family get in the way, and who has time to see the optometrist when your eyesight is already perfect? Perfect for now, because skipping those annual exams leaves your eyesight at risk. If you suffer from cataracts, for instance, and your optometrist doesn’t see you often enough to diagnose it early, cataract surgery and other treatments might not help your vision as it would someone who caught the issue early. Prevention is key.
3. Wear Sunglasses
They’re not just fabulous for your ensemble, they’re good for your eyesight. Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes from the harmful UV rays the sun shines down. These rays shine into your eyes and increase your risk of developing harmful health issues. Those who wear sunglasses every time they’re outside protecting their eyes from these rays. This protection reduces your risk of developing vision issues and going blind later in life. While many assume it’s just a way of life, it’s not. Something as simple as wearing sunglasses actually minimizes your risk of going blind.
4. Eat Well
Eating well should be something everyone does regularly. It’s good for your mind and your body, and healthy food is often the most decadent. Eating well makes you feel good, look good, and it helps you feel better about life in general.
Eating a healthy diet also provides your body with the nutrients it needs to work at its peak. This includes your eyes. Healthy eating protects your eyesight far longer than eating a poor diet. That’s not to say you can’t eat that cake and drink that wine from time to time, but indulgence is only healthy when it’s in moderation.
With all the proven benefits of exercise, it’s amazing fewer people don’t partake. Longevity Weight loss Improved mood Less risk of depression Less risk of anxiety Better skin Better sleep Better vision
These are just a few of the biggest benefits associated with getting physical on a regular basis. According to WebMD, exercise can help your vision significantly. Macular degeneration is a big problem for many people as they get older, and exercise can decrease your chance of developing it by more than fifty percent. Those are big numbers, and you never lose anything from getting a bit more active on a regular basis.
The MayoClinic suggests a mere 150-minutes of moderate exercise each week is all it takes to maintain good health. This means maintaining good eyesight, too. Break that down, and you’re only looking at approximately 21 minutes of exercise per day to maintain your best health and eyesight.
Someone once said growing older is a privilege, and they’re correct. With age comes infinite wisdom and experience, and it comes with many changes. Your good eyesight doesn’t have to be one of those life changes. You can’t prevent your eyes from growing older, but you can care for them now and trick them into thinking they’re a lot younger than they are. You are, after all, only as old as you feel. Keep your eyes feeling young with these exceptionally simple suggestions, and you’re going to keep your eyesight healthy far longer.
A pinguecula is a non-cancerous bump on the eye. It is yellowish in color, slightly raised, and located on the white part of the eye, near the edge of the cornea. This is the part of the eye that is between the eyelids and gets some sun exposure. This can occur at any age, however, it is more common in older aged adults.
Pinguecula can cause a person to have ocular irritation, trouble with their vision, and a negative cosmetic effect, which is typically the main concern among patients. Additionally, there is no medical treatment available for pingueculae so they often generate frustration. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, surgical removal is often ineffective.
The sun’s UV rays are primarily to blame for the development of pingueculae. However, frequent contact with aggravating variables such as dust and the wind may also be risk factors. It is also common in people who often suffer from dry eyes.
A study in the Scientific Journal of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists reports that alcohol is also a cause of pinguecula. The study also reveals that it is more common in men than it is in women.
This eye disorder is also common in children who do not wear protective eyewear while spending several hours in the sun.
Most of the time, pinguecula are asymptomatic. However, when they do have symptoms, they typically are caused by a disturbance of the tear film. Due to the fact that pinguecula creates a convex bump on the eyeball, the tear film may then be unable to spread evenly around the surface of the eye, which may cause parts of the eye to dry out. This may result in a burning sensation, itching, stinging, and blurred vision. Pingueculae may also cause the eyes to become red, as extra blood vessels may become visible in the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eye.
Pingueculae can sometimes become inflamed and lead to swelling. This typically happens when pingueculae are exposed to aggravating risk factors such as the sun, the wind, and dust.
Pinguecula and pterygium are similar eye disorders, but there are some key differences that are noted. Pinguicula does not often grow over the cornea as pterygium does. Pterygium has a flesh-colored appearance, compared to the yellowish tint of pinguecula, and is usually oval or round. Once pinguecula grows over the cornea, it is considered to be pterygium.
Both, however, are non-cancerous growths on the eye caused by the exposure to dust, the wind, and sunlight.
Most pinguecula cases will heal on their own without treatment unless it is causing discomfort or defective vision. If it becomes painful, a doctor may prescribe eye drops.
A doctor can also surgically remove pinguecula, however, despite proper surgical removal, it may return. The recurrence rate of pinguecula is between 30 and 40 percent. It is more likely to return to younger people than in the elderly.
How to prevent pinguecula
It is always important to wear protective eyewear when outside. This will protect the eyes not only from the sun but also from wind and dust as well. Make sure your eye protection is able to block out both UVA and UVB rays. It is also important to keep eyes moisturized, so if there is a tendency to have dry eyes, apply an artificial tear lubricant as needed.
Although this is not a life-threatening disorder, the pinguecula can be aggravating and frustrating. It is preventable, so it is best to catch it before it starts to avoid the frustrations of having to wait for it to go away.
A headache is never pleasant, and it can be even worse when you have recurring headaches. Many people regularly have an issue with a dull pain behind the eyes. This type of headache can be caused by a variety of problems. Once you know the underlying health issue that is causing the pain behind your eyes, it is easier to treat it. These 13 health problems are the most common reasons that you might be feeling that pain behind the eyes.
This infection of the sinuses can put pressure on the nerves around the eyes, causing pain. It is normally caused by the common cold or other respiratory infections. This pain can often be relieved by inhaling steam or using a warm compress over the sinuses.
Dry Eye Syndrome
When the eyes do not naturally produce enough moisture, they get dry and sore. This can cause feelings of burning and pain behind the eyes. Dry eye syndrome is often triggered by allergies. Therefore, you should avoid things you are allergic to if you suffer from this condition.
Too much strain on the eyes can often result in eye pain. You may be able to fix this by getting a prescription for eyeglasses. You should also try to give your eyes a break while reading, watching television, or using the computer.
Migraines Migraines do not just happen across the forehead. The painful throbbing caused by migraines can even make your eyesight look blurry or abnormal. Cutting back on caffeine, taking vitamin B supplements, and getting enough sleep can help to prevent migraines from happening.
When hormone levels alter suddenly, blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This can lead to migraines and other types of headaches.
This condition often accompanies arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. It causes the sclera of the eyes to become reddened and inflamed. You may be able to reduce some inflammation by eating antioxidant-rich foods.
An aneurysm happens when a blood vessel in the brain suddenly breaks. This type of brain bleed is very serious and potentially life-threatening. One of the early signs of an aneurysm is often a sudden headache in a single specific location. Maintaining a healthy weight and reducing salt or alcohol in the diet can lower aneurysm risks.
Cranial Nerve Palsies
If blood flow to the optic nerve is shut off briefly, it can cause issues. This leads to pain behind the eye. You may also notice that your vision is suddenly blurred or otherwise abnormal if this happens.
Optic neuritis happens when the optic nerve is inflamed by cellular damage. It can be an early warning sign of multiple sclerosis, so you should get this checked out by a doctor.
This eye condition is common among older people. It happens when pressure builds up behind the eye and starts to damage the eye.
A cluster headache is a particular type of headache that causes sharp pain in a single specific area. Cluster headaches may cause pain in either one eye or both eyes. This pain can be accompanied by reddened, swollen, or drooping eyelids.
A sharp bump on the head can jar the brain, causing a concussion or hemorrhage. It is common to feel some eye pain after a head injury. If this pain persists or worsens, you may need to go to the emergency room.
This uncommon medical condition causes fluid to build up behind the eye in the optic nerve. You may have papilloedema if the eye pain gets worse whenever you sneeze. You can reduce the pain and severity of papilloedema by lying down on your back.
Many of these problems are just minor health issues that can be treated with natural remedies. However, if the pain behind the eyes persists, it may be a sign that something more severe is wrong. You should, therefore, go to the doctor if these recurring headaches will not stop. It is important to get them checked out, so they can be treated properly.
It may surprise you to learn that the eyes tell a lot about the state of your health. Unusual colors, bumps, and bulges do not just affect your vision. Serious health problems can often be diagnosed with odd signs in the eyes. These 14 eye abnormalities may be a symptom of a real issue.
Swollen Lower Eyelids
Most people make the mistake of thinking that a bulge or lump in the lower eyelid is just a style. However, if the swelling does not go down, it could actually be rare cancer. Sebaceous gland carcinomas look like a style, but they last for months or keep appearing in the same spot.
When the outside part of a person’s eyebrow starts to fall out or fade, do not just ignore it. Losing outer eyebrow hairs is actually a very common symptom of thyroid disease.
Shimmering or Waving Vision
This is typically a sign that a severe migraine is about to start. It will look like the edges of your vision are wiggling, curving, or shimmering. If this happens to you, try to rest and take a painkiller.
Having the whites of your eyes constantly look pink or red is a sign that something is irritating them. This is commonly an early symptom of allergies. You may be allergic to a food, pollen, plant, mold, or another chemical. It is important to find the allergen before it causes a more severe reaction.
Sudden Vision Problems
If your eyes suddenly stop working, you might be having a stroke. A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. It may result in double vision, darkened vision, or complete loss of sight in one or both eyes.
Blurred Vision When Looking at Screens
Do not dismiss this symptom as simply being tired. You might have computer vision syndrome which is caused by difficulty focusing on a screen with low contrast. This eyestrain can damage the eye muscles.
If your eyes feel uncomfortable and scratchy all the time, something may be wrong. It may just be a case of malfunctioning tear ducts. However, dry eyes can sometimes be a sign of arthritis.
When pupils become dilated, the entire eye can look black. This is supposed to happen naturally in dark areas. If it happens in a bright area, it may be a sign that a heart attack is about to happen.
As people age, they often develop cataracts. You may not notice any changes in vision at first, but the eye will look different. The surface of the eye may become gray, dull, or foggy looking. Cloudy eyes is on of the most common types of eye abnormalities.
Some people just have naturally prominent eyes, but be concerned if this is a new physical development. People dealing with hyperthyroidism often have eyes that seem to bulge out of the eye socket.
The whites of the eyes turning yellow is a sign that a person has excess bile. This is typically a symptom of jaundice, and it means that a person is undergoing liver failure.
Blurred Vision With Diabetes
You need to be especially cautious about eyesight if you have diabetes. Blurred vision can be caused by excess blood sugar damaging the optic nerve. This can be reversed if treated, but if it is ignored, you could eventually go blind.
An eyelid twitch happens when the eyelid moves rapidly for no reason. If this happens regularly, it can be a symptom of stress, anxiety, or too little sleep. Excessive caffeine or artificial sweeteners also trigger this nervous response.
Changes in Eye Color
The iris of the eye changing color can be a sign that the cells in the eye are being damaged. This may be caused by nerve tissue tumors, neurofibromatosis, iris melanomas, or Waardenburg syndrome.
If you notice any of these eye abnormalities, they could be a warning sign of a severe issue. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible to get prompt treatment.
This Caused Temporary Blindness in 2 Women and Most of Us Do It Every Night!
As a mother, most people do not understand that, after a hard day at your work, you get home to start a whole new job. Between getting dinner started, checking homework and bringing in the laundry women have little time for themselves. The time they choose to do personal activities, could be causing them temporary blindness. It is not just women, but so many people have become habitual users of smart phones in bed. The problem is not using the phone in bed; it is using it in darkness.
Women are the main culprits due to their busy nightly schedules. Before they fall asleep, they will need to check emails. After all, they need to be at work the following day, aware of the day’s agenda. If they are not checking work, they are reading their favorite magazine. Away from women, studies have shown that about 80% of smart phone users check their phones, first thing when they wake up.
The problem affects teenagers significantly. A typical teenage girl will go to her room, switch off the lights and chat on her phone for hours. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine gave two case studies of women who had complained of temporary blindness.
The first lady was 22 years old and visited her doctor complaining of temporary blindness on her right eye at night, while she was in bed. She had experienced the problem several times a week for an entire year before she thought it was wise to see an optician. On further inquiry, she told the doctor that she could only see outlines through her right eye during the blindness episodes, but the sight in her left eye was perfect. During the day, vision in both her eyes was normal. The doctor did some test to check for causes of temporary blindness, but they found none.
The second 40-year-old lady could not see through one of her eyes early in the morning for about fifteen minutes. She had experienced the problem for about six months which forced her to seek a doctor’s opinion. The common factor in both women was the use of their smart phones, while still in bed with the lights switched off. It was a relief for both women to learn that their symptoms were not indicative of a significant underlying problem.
Their temporary blindness was as a result of exposing one eye to light. When lying in bed, one eye was covered by the pillow, while the other one was viewing the screen. It is not something they had realized till the doctors brought it to their attention. When the pillow covers one eye, it adapts to the dark. The other eye viewing the screen adjusts to light. When the phone is switched off, and both eyes are in darkness, the light exposed eye if now forced to adapt to darkness. The moment of light adaptation is when they experienced temporary blindness.
For both cases, the problem was in the eye viewing the screen. These diagnoses have answered questions for an issue that is becoming increasingly common. The more people use smart phones, the greater the number of individuals experiencing temporary blindness. The solution as recommended by doctors is simple. As much as night or temporary blindness is not a serious problem, care should be taken. The doctors urge people to look at their phones with both their eyes in the darkness. Alternatively, they can switch on the lights before they view their phone.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology found the cases fascinating, and they are carrying out more research. The Academy blamed the condition on the increasing brightness in smart phone screens. They encourage people to have practices that do not affect their eyesight.
Use natural ways to improve eyesight. Eating foods rich in minerals such as copper and zinc improves vision. Foods rich in beta-carotene protect the eyes from sun damage. Learn to exercise your eyes to make use of all optical nerves. Rub your hands and place them on your eyes or place a pen at arm’s length, and try focusing on it for about 5 minutes. Get enough sleep to allow eye cells to rejuvenate. For those constantly on computers take 10-minute breaks for every hour spent working.
This Man Explains How to Cure an Eye Infections in 24 Hours Naturally
In this video, Wayne Goss explains his struggle with eye infections. He explains that he suffered from chalazion cysts under his upper eyelids for nearly two years before stumbling upon a cure.
A chalazion cyst is a bump in the eyelid caused by an inflamed gland. It causes pressure on the eye, redness, and irritation. A common way to remove these cysts is through a procedure in which a surgeon turns the eyelid inside out, then makes a small incision in the eyelid. The chalazion is pulled out of this incision. The surgeon then places pressure on the cut to stop it from bleeding, and the eye is bandaged.
Goss decided to try an at-home remedy in which he boiled water, and he enough salt to the water to heal his eye without causing a burning sensation. He allowed the water to cool to a safe temperature, then filled an eye cup with the salt water. Goss explains that he held the water to his eye with the eye cup for one full minute, then repeated the procedure several times during the day. Within 24 hours, his eye was no longer irritated and the chalazion had diminished. In the video, he explains why this cure seems to work so well and advocates for proper eyelid hygiene.
Adrenal fatigue refers to a group of signs and symptoms claimed to occur when the adrenal glands fail to function normally mainly as a result low production of cortisol, which is the hormone that regulates stress. Typically, the development adrenal fatigue signs and symptoms occur gradually and worsen with time. Although fatigue is the major symptom of adrenal fatigue as the name suggests, other signs and symptoms include difficulty sleeping, craving for salt and sugar, lightheadedness, body hair loss and weight loss for not reason. Typically, adrenal fatigue is claimed to attack people with mental, emotional, or physical stress as the adrenal fatigue theory suggests.
The theory states that when an individual lives under stress for a prolonged period of time, the adrenal glands fail to produce enough hormones, including the cortisol. This results in adrenal fatigue. However, as of 2016, medical researchers have not yet gathered sufficient evidence to back this theory. Additionally, although people experience adrenal fatigue symptoms, there is no sufficient evidence to prove that adrenal fatigue is a medical condition. Besides stress, there are other possible causes of adrenal fatigue, and they include lack of a healthy diet and poor sleep habit.
Because adrenal fatigue could be life-threatening and may affect the patient’s quality of life, it is advisable to seek medical attention when the signs and symptoms appear. This helps the patient to receive early diagnosis and treatment, in order to prevent possible complications. One method that is applicable in diagnosing adrenal fatigue is iris contraction test. The first description of this test was done in 1924 by Dr. Arroyo, and it involves determining the efficiency of the adrenal glands by measuring the contraction of the iris when exposed to a weak flashlight. Besides the flashlight, a mirror and a dark room are necessary for performing this test. According to the supporters of this test, an iris that cannot maintain its contraction for a long period of time following exposure to a weak light source indicates that a person has a weak adrenal function.
During the adrenal fatigue iris contraction test, the patient sits in the dark room in front of a mirror for about one minute to allow the eyes to get used to the darkness. The pupils undergo full dilation when exposed to the dark. After sitting in the dark for one minute, the patient turns own the flashlight and directs the light towards the eyes. He holds the light in position for approximately half a minute to allow the iris to contract. For a person with a normal adrenal system, the iris should maintain their contracted size for some time. For those with defective adrenal, the iris quickly goes back to their usual size, which typically takes at most 30 seconds.
When the results of iris contraction test suggest that the person has an adrenal abnormality, he should visit a doctor immediately for further diagnostic tests to ascertain that he has adrenal fatigue. The tests that the doctor may perform in the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue include cortisol tests, which involve measuring the level of cortisol hormone through a blood, urine or saliva sample; thyroid tests, which include thyroid function test; and cortisol / DHEA ratio and 17-HP / cortisol ratio, which are applied by integrative physicians. The doctor may choose to carry out a particular test depending on the patient’s condition or preference. After ascertaining that the patient has adrenal fatigue, the doctor will recommend a suitable treatment method including hormone replacement to help relieve the symptoms of adrenal fatigue and restore the normal adrenal function.
Alternatively, the patient can apply certain measures to help restore the normal function of the adrenal naturally. They include eating a healthy diet including anti-inflammatory foods; exercising regularly, which enhances hormonal balance and metabolism in the body; changing sleep habit, which helps regulate the production of cortisol in the body and enhance hormonal balance; and practicing stress management techniques including deep breathing exercises, meditation and sharing the cause of stress with trusted relatives or friends.
In summary, although the debate as to whether adrenal fatigue is real or not, it is true that persons experience the symptoms of the so-called adrenal fatigue. It is the presence of these symptoms that necessitate medical attention in order to restore the normal function of the adrenals. Prior to making an appointment with a doctor, it is advisable for the patient to carry out a diagnostic test at home and the aforementioned iris contraction test is one such a test. One advantage of this test is that it can be done by the patient himself at home, without wasting time to visit a doctor. It is crucial to be honest with the doctor concerning the results of this test so that the doctor may be able to know exactly how to help the patient based on accurate information.
Do you know of anyone with an eye condition such as nearsightedness or astigmatism? What about someone who suffers from reading difficulties, headache, dizziness, or neck ache? Eye problems can severely affect how people function every day; there’s often more to having an eye condition than merely dealing with blurry vision. All these symptoms may be coming from a type of vision problem called Binocular Vision Dysfunction.
Binocular Vision Dysfunction or BVD is a condition where the two eye is misaligned. Often this misalignment is very small and is missed during a routine eye examination. The eye muscles try to correct the misalignment causing stress and strain on the visual system. This leads to the symptoms of a headache ( often diagnosed as a migraine or sinus problems), dizziness, balance problems, and light sensitivity. The neurovisceral examination is designed to detect these misalignments no matter how small.
Our examination includes many unique tests along with traditional eye examination components. The complete evaluation takes up to two hours. At the end of this visit, we can determine if prismatic correction using a custom visual orthotic device bring you relief.
Connecting Binocular Vision Dysfunction with Learning Difficulties
The presence of Binocular Vision disorders may seem exclusive to the eyes, but these problems usually show up along with other problems. In fact, up to 50% of those diagnosed with ADHD/ADD have been reported to have at least one of these visual problems. Appropriate treatment with prismatic lenses can have a dramatic effect on a child’s ability to focus and learn.
Treating Binocular Vision Dysfunction
Once a binocular problem, such as Vertical Heterophoria or Convergence Insufficiency, is detected a complex eyeglass prescription is developed to realign the eyes and help the muscles to begin relaxing. The prescription is modified over the course of 2 or 3 visits until the patient is stable. After that only annual examinations are necessary. While visual orthotic devices housed in an eyeglass frame is the preferred treatment, in many cases prism contacts lenses are an option. Sunglasses, computer lenses, sports eyewear are also available. At times, special tints are also used to relieve symptoms.
About the Author:
Dr. Cheryl Berger Israeloff of The Neuro Visual Center of New York is a Neurovisual optometrist. She is the only doctor in New York State who is trained in the Feinberg method to treat Binocular Vision Dysfunction.
How Many Faces Do You See In This Picture? The Answer Reveals Something About You!
We’ve all seen them before, a spinning mess of blobs in different shades of the same color arranged in a sort of spirally wonder tornado, but behold! When you cross your eyes and step back, suddenly that ugly tie-dye thing is a picture of Bob Marley wearing a big smile that not even the most cynical of folks can resist.
Our dear friend Bob has been turned into an optical illusion. There is a multitude of types and styles of mind-bending visual trickery, some much more meaningful than a migraine inducing pink blob picture of Bob Marley. Octavio Ocampo, one of Mexico’s most prolific artists, has mastered the art of illusions in optics. He weaves small pictures together to create one big picture. At first glance, it’s easy to miss the smaller “hidden meanings” in his work.
Optical illusions manipulate the brain’s ability to focus. The human brain processes, on average, 174 newspapers worth of information daily. It takes in everything in our surroundings and picks out only what it deems most important; if it didn’t we would all have lost our minds by now. An optical illusion takes advantages of this brain function by manipulating the prominent pieces of a visual work of art so that the brain grabs a hold of the information and processes it first, creating the illusion that we are only seeing the most prominent parts of the work.
One who does not have a clear understanding of what an optical illusion is and how it works may think that it would take a creative genius to make one, but in fact, it is quite simple. Even a cube drawn on a piece of paper is an optical illusion, something that can be learned to do in elementary school. The creation of shadows and use of light in a work of art creates an optical illusion in a great many pieces. The difference between the illusions that most people refer to and the illusions that are created in everyday works of art is that light, space, and color are used much more intricately. The work is well planned with the functions of the brain and the eye kept in mind.
If you have a general inability to see optical illusions you could have a binocular vision impairment causing the inability to see images in 3D. This happens when either the eyes are not aligned correctly or there are an astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, cerebral palsy cataracts or other types vision impairments. Some people complain that they cannot see optical illusions and have not been diagnosed with any type of vision impairment. Most of the time this can be corrected by stepping forward or backwards, shaking the head, squinting, trying on someone else’s glasses or crossing your eyes.