Night blindness, as its name implies, is a condition in which vision becomes impaired during the night or in times of darkness, making it difficult, and in some cases, impossible to distinguish objects or read signs.
The primary symptom of night blindness is impaired vision during the night or in times of darkness. Objects become difficult to distinguish and streets signs become blurry and, in some cases, unreadable. In addition, a blurring halo can appear over objects that are lit, making them difficult to see. In many cases of night blindness, these symptoms disappear during daylight.
There are two primary causes of night blindness. In many cases, it is due to poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, especially a lack of vitamin Aand/or zinc. In others, it is due to a more serious eye condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, which is caused by a deterioration of the eye cells in the retina that distinguish light and dark, known as rods.
Caution: If you suspect you suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, seek medical attention immediately, because, if left untreated, it can lead to a progressive loss of sight and even complete blindness.
Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with a daily abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose from a wide variety, focusing on those foods rich in antioxidants. These include red, orange and purple bell peppers, carrots, celery, dark-green leafy vegetables such as chard, kale, collard, spinach and richer colored green leaf lettuces, parsley, tomatoes and yellow squash. Fruits high in anti-oxidants include berries, especially raw or juiced Acai berries, Goji berries and dark colored berries, purple and red grapes, plums, cherries, mangos, melons and citrus fruits. For a sweet treat or to help curb chocolate cravings, enjoy the anti-oxidant rich unsweetened cacoa. Mixed with natural sweeteners such as raw honey or agave syrup, cacoa is a scrumptious alternative to the typical refined sugar in conventional chocolate products.
Organic egg yolks are also recommended because they are rich in carotenoids, an important class of antioxidants. It is best to eat soft, rather than hard cooked egg yolks to preserve the heat sensitive valuable carotenoids. Soft boiled, poached, sunny side up, or raw eggs are best. Raw eggs may be eaten if they come from a reliable organic source and are washed prior to cracking. Samonella travels on the shell of the egg and enters the egg from the outside, so washing eggs with hot sudsy water minimizes exposure.
Avoid all processed and fried foods, sugar and sugar products, refined, simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and unhealthy hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Milk and dairy products should be consumed sparingly, and preferably raw and organic. Avoid conventional flesh foods and overcooked/grilled meats. In addition, test for food allergies and sensitivities and eliminate those foods that test positive.
Also be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day, at least half your body weight in ounces, to help flush out accumulated debris in the eye drainage channels. Proper hydration is also essential for maintaining the suppleness of the eyes’ lenses. Fresh raw green juices are also an important addition to one`s daily food plan. See the recipe section for green juice suggestions.
Useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, flavonoids, lutein, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), riboflavin, selenium, taurine, zeaxthanin, and zinc.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Learn to love yourself and stop berating yourself. What you say to yourself is what you are or what you become. Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Know www.whatthebleep.com and You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.comand start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I take loving care of my body” and “I am ready to change” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them. Never underestimate the power of your mind.
- Meditate and allow yourself to be still. This may be really difficult for you at first but stick with it building up your time slowly. Often people create an eating disorder in order to fill a void, to stop them from thinking and feeling, and to give them something to focus on. Try guided meditations to help you to relax and let go of negative programming.
Vitamin A for night blindess: www.natural-healing-guide.com/Vitamins/Vitamin-A.htm
Special aids for people with night blindness: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j21ADodyhwE
Carrots really do help you see in the dark: www.naturalnews.com/020364_vitamin_A_vision_problems.html
The berry that enhances vision: www.naturalnews.com/025580_berries_vision_bilberries.html
Further Information (links and books)
Vision Sense, NorthStar Nutritionals
www.drdavidwilliams.com (800) 888-1415
Vision Essentials, Health Directions
www.drwhitaker.com (888) 886-8213
Vision Clear Formula, Vibrant Life
www.ivlproducts.com (800) 218-1378
Program for Better Vision, Real Health Breakthroughs
www.realhealthlabs.com (800) 565-6656
www.altoonamedicalsupply.com (800) 442-8367
Vision Formula, Vita-Vision
www.vitalmaxvitamins.com (800) 815-5151
Carina Goodrich firstname.lastname@example.org – eyesight specialist
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.