Canned salmon improves aged eyes (presbyopia).
Astaxanthin which is a substance contained in canned salmon improves aged eyes.
We can change the thickness of the lens in the eye with ciliary muscle and focus on what we want to see. But as we age, increased active oxygen attacks the ciliary muscle and the function of the ciliary muscle declines, causing to unable to change the thickness of the lens. This condition is aged eyes. (Fig. 1)
But when you eat canned salmon, astaxanthin contained in canned salmon removes the active oxygen, the function of the ciliary muscle is restored and you can focus on what you see.
If the lens is not already very hard, aged eyes can be improved by eating canned salmon.
Check the degree of aged eyes
If you are wearing reading glasses, take them off.
If you are wearing contact lens or glasses for nearsightedness, keep wearing them.
(1) Hold the pad of your index finger in front of your eyes (Fig. 2).
(2) Move your index finger away and stop when you can focus your eyes on the finger print (Fig. 3).
(3) If the distance between your eyes and the finger is more than 30 cm (1 foot), you have aged eyes (Fig. 4).
The longer the distance, the higher the degree of aged eyes.
How much canned salmon and how long should be eaten to improve aged eyes?
1 canned salmon (about 200 grams (7 oz.)) a day for 2 weeks should be eaten to improve aged eyes.
Sockeye salmon is recommended.
It is recommended to eat canned salmon with sesame oil because astaxanthin is dissolved in oil, so eating canned salmon with sesame oil raises the absorption ratio by liquefying astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin decreases on the way to the eye by being attacked by active oxygen in the blood vessel, but the substance contained in sesame oil, which is called sesamin, protects astaxanthin from active oxygen and makes more astaxanthin reach the eye.
A 52 years old female whose degree of aged eyes was 2 ate 1 canned salmon a day for 2 weeks. 2 weeks later her degree of age eyes was improved from 2 to 1.
Cataract is a disease that because the lens of the eye becomes cloudy by aging, vision becomes blurry or things are seen doubly or triply.
The ratio that people with cataract cause a traffic accident is about 2.5 times more than people with normal vision. In the worst case, it causes loss of the eyesight.
Let’s check the risk of cataract Part-I
Which Japanese characters are written in Fig. 1, たどれ or たちどまれ?
The answer is たちどまれ.
If you can only see たどれ, you may have initial cataract.
Cataract often makes the lens tune yellow. Cataract is the condition seeing things through a yellow filter, so it is difficult to see yellow and it is also difficult to see blue because it becomes black (Fig. 2).
Progression of cataract makes it difficult to distinguish whether the fire of the stove is on or off (Fig. 3). That causes accidents like getting burned or burning clothes.
Let’s check the risk of cataract Part-II
Which Japanese characters are written in Fig. 4, おしりor おとしより?
The answers is おとしより.
In some symptoms of cataract, things look like white. That makes difficult to see thin colors or notice a slight difference in level, causing falls.
The above 2 tests are for the cataract that the center of the eye is cloudy, but there is a cataract that the eye is cloudy in spots (Fig. 5). In this case, the center of the eye is relatively clear, so the above 2 tests can be cleared.
Let’s check the risk of cataract Part-III
How do you see the light in Fig. 6 (Needs to see actual light)?
If you see multiple lights or you see the light radially like Fig. 7, you may have initial cataract.
In the normal eye, the light going into the eye converge and we can see a thing, but in the case of cataract with cloud in spots, the light going into the eye goes through the cloud and spreads to various directions, seeing multiple or radial lights.
People with this type of cataract see things while driving like Fig. 8.
Food to prevent cataract
Salmon rich in astaxanthin which has strong antioxidant effect is effective.
5 Best Acupuncture Points You Can Easily Press and Improves Symptoms - Chosen by 100 Acupuncturists (1/5)
5th: Chosen by 11 out of 100 Acupuncturists
Stiff neck and shoulders, headache and tiredness of eyes
Location of GB20
GB20 (Gall Bladder 20) is located at where the spine in the neck runs into the bone behind the ears and is where is dent a little (Fig. 1).
Pressing GB20 loosens the tension of the optical nerves and relieves the tiredness of the eye, and also promotes the blood flow of the neck and improves stiff neck and shoulders and headaches.
How to press GB20
(1) Cover your head with your palms and place your thumb on GB20 (Fig. 2).
(2) Look up slightly and press toward the center of your head for 5 seconds with breathing out (Fig. 3).
Doing 5 times for 5 sets is effective to improve stiff neck and shoulders, headache and tiredness of eyes.
There is a patient who has had hearing loss, which I talked about in another article. Her hearing stays good, but in addition to that, her eyes are getting better. She says that she can see things brighter in the colors and sharper in the shape.
The acupuncture point used for her hearing loss is on Large Intestine Meridian and the indication of the acupuncture point is not only for the ear but also for the eye. I think that is why her eyes are also getting better, though the treatment to balance the energy flow of the whole body, needless to say, is absolutely essential. I always ask her to look at some words on the wall and it seems that her vision gets gradually clearer while touching the acupuncture point with a round-tip tool.
She is scheduled for checking her eyes in December and is expecting that she can avoid a cataract surgery.
Cataract is the disease that lens of the eye becomes cloudy due to aging, causing blurry vision, double or triple vision. As a result of that, cataract disturbs daily life. The risk of causing a car accident in people with cataract is about 2.5 times more than people with normal vision.
50 % of vision loss all over the world are caused by cataract.
In Japan, 30 % of 40s have cataract, the rate increases with age, and almost 100 % of 80s have cataract.
Progression of cataract makes the visual field yellowish. Yellowish visual field makes it difficult to recognize blue light. The fire of oven is blue that is difficult to recognize whether it is on or not, and that causes the risk to ignite clothes.
Let’s check if you have cataract or not!
Q. What animals are drawn in the circle? (Fig. 1)
A. There are 3 animals.
If you can’t see a bird, there is a high possibility that you have severe cataract.
If you can’t see a rabbit, there is a possibility that you have moderate cataract.
If you can’t see a dog, there is a possibility that you have slight cataract (Fig. 2).
Vitamin C is effective for cataract
According to a research, the group of people who take more vitamin C had 40 % less risk of cataract development than the group of people who take less vitamin C.
The food rich in vitamin C is paprika, which contains twice the amount of vitamin C in lemon.
Paprika also contains vitamin P which prevents the breakdown by heating so that the density of vitamin C is kept high even if cooked.
A half of paprika a day achieves the daily required amount of vitamin C.
Surgery for Cataract
Progressed cataract should be operated.
The surgery for cataract is finished within 10 minutes if the surgeon is skilled.
(1) Insert a thin tube and break cloudy part of lens with ultra-sound (Fig. 3).
(2) Remove the broken lens (Fig. 4).
(3) Implant an artificial lens (Fig. 5).
The patient was a woman with the age of 50s.
Her complaint was pain in her right neck and shoulder area. When she woke up in the morning she came to the clinic, she couldn’t move her neck very well due to pain. It was difficult to rotate her neck to the right side and when she looked up and down she felt pain below the right side of the back of her neck.
She had a lot of painful points with pressure around the area and on the right side of the neck. After the first treatment, she felt easier and less painful to move her neck, but still painful at the end of each movement.
The next day she felt better, but there was pain below the right side of the back of her neck at the end of looking up and down and the right rotation. When I checked her neck and shoulder area, the number of pressure pain points were less. After the treatment, she didn’t feel any pain when she moved her neck, so the course of the treatments for her sprained neck ended by 2 treatments.
All the treatments were performed with non-insertion needles.
She also had a sty on her right eye. Heat therapy (moxa) on her hands helped make the sty smaller.
Detail of Acupuncture Treatment
From her symptom, I assumed that the pattern of her condition would be Spleen Deficiency Liver Excess, but actually the pattern was Liver deficiency judging from the pulse, abdomen and light strokes on the channels.
I tonified Left LR-3 and performed Spreading Needle on her neck and head and let her take a rest for 15 minutes. After the rest, I gave general treatment on her back and removed painful points with pressure using points on her head and hand. Having her sit up, I gave a little strong stimulation with Dispersion Needle to the points where she still felt painful when she moved her neck. Her neck didn’t become completely better, but I finished the treatment for her neck for the day, considering the dosage of the treatment.
She also had a sty on her right eye, so I did moxa on her LI-4.
The pattern of her condition changed to Spleen Deficiency Liver Excess which I had assumed before the 1st treatment. I tonified Right SP-3 and PC-7 with Yang and tonified Left GB-36 with Yin. After 15 minutes rest, I gave her general treatment on her back and had her sit up and removed painful points with pressure around her neck and shoulder using the points on her head. I asked her to check her neck and she still had tightness and pain at the end of the movements. After I used Right TW-3, She felt looser but still had pain at the end of the movements around Right SI-15. After I used Dispersion Needle on the point, the pain was gone.
The sty on her right eye already became small, but I added moxa on LI-4 again.
The pattern in the first treatment used for the root treatment might be more for sty in the eye. Spleen Deficiency Liver Excess used for the second treatment must fit sprained neck.
I think Spreading Needle on the back of her head which I skipped in the first treatment helped releasing the pain and tightness on the diseased area.
I also think the good point to treat often shows up around SI-15 in the case of sprained neck.
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The eyes are exposed organs and not protected by anything, so they are easily affected by external factors.
Eyes’ healthy life expectancy is about 70 years which are shorter than our life expectancy.
Q1. Which is not good for eyes when your eyes feel tired?
(A) Exercise to move your eyes up and down and sideways
(B) Massage between the eyes
A1. (A) Exercise to move your eyes up and down and sideways
There is no benefit to move your eyes voluntary because eyes are moving involuntary anyway. There are a lot of people who had retinal detachment caused by the exercise.
Massaging between the eyes is good when your eyes are tired, but massage the bones around the eyes and don’t massage the eye ball because massage eye ball can also cause retinal detachment if it is repeated many times.
Rubbing the eye balls because of the itchiness caused by seasonal allergies can cause retinal detachment as well.
If you can’t see blue color very well, it can be considered as the early stage of cataract. People with cataract have to see things through yellow filter which makes difficult to see blue color.
Q2. One of the causes of cataract is UV. Which sunglasses shouldn’t you wear to prevent cataract?
(A) Sunglasses with dark colors
(B) Sunglasses with pale colors
A2. (A) Sunglasses with dark colors
The pupil becomes larger and smaller to adjust the amount of the light going into the eye. When it is bright around, the eye decreases the amount of light by contracting the pupil. When it is dark around, the eye increases the amount of light by dilating the pupil.
When you wear sunglasses with dark colors, the eye tries to get more light by dilating the pupil. At that time, even if you are wearing sunglasses, reflected light goes into your eyes with dilated pupils from gaps around sunglasses and the eyes are affected by harmful UV. That is why sunglasses with dark colors are not good for your eyes.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness.
Even if vision of one eye becomes narrow, if another eye is normal, the brain synthesizes the vision, so it is difficult to notice by oneself until it becomes severe.
Q3. Which should not you do because the risk of glaucoma becomes higher?
(A) Drinking a lot of water after exercises
(B) 30 minutes walking every morning
A3. (A) Drinking a lot of water after exercises
Drinking a lot of water increases water in the body and also increases water in the eye suddenly. Increase of water in the eye pressurizes the inside of the eye and compresses and damages the optic nerve, narrowing the vision.
The amount of water depends on people’s condition, but it is not good to drink water rapidly.
Presbyopia is a condition associated with aging of the eye that results in progressively worsening ability to focus clearly on close objects.
Cause of presbyopia
1. The muscles which change the thickness of the lens in the eye decline and focus can’t be adjusted.
2. The lens itself becomes too hard to compress and focus can’t be adjusted.
Presbyopia and cataract
Progression of presbyopia can cause cataract because lens becomes cloudy at the same time as becoming hard.
The occurrence ratio of cataract is 40 % at the age of 50s and almost 100 % at the age of 80s.
The substance which prevents cataract is Lutein. Lutein prevents lens from becoming cloudy and hard.
Food to suppress the progression of presbyopia
The food is Spinach.
Content of lutein within 100 grams of spinach is 10 mg (Broccoli: 1.9 mg, Leaf lettuce: 1.8 mg).
Lutein required for a day is 6 mg which is 2 bunches of spinach.
Lutein is oil soluble so if it is eaten with oil, the absorption of lutein is better.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that the optic nerve is disturbed by some causes and the eyesight gradually becomes narrower, resulting in loss of eyesight. It is said that generally a part of the eye where to drain the aqueous humor, which is the watery fluid between the cornea and the crystalline lens, is clogged and the aqueous humor keeps increasing, causing the elevation of the pressure in the eye, and the pressure compresses the optic nerve, causing the disturbance of the optic nerve.
But other than the pressure in the eye, there is unexpected difference between people who tend to have glaucoma and people who don’t tend to have glaucoma.
That is whether or not you have nearsightedness.
People who have nearsightedness tend to have glaucoma and people who don’t have nearsightedness don’t tend to have glaucoma. Nearsighted people have glaucoma with a high probability. Normal eye’s shape is sphere but nearsighted eye’s shape is oval. Because of the shape, the part of the eye near the optic nerve is pulled, causing tension to the optic nerve like the pressure in the eye is high (Fig. 1).
Glaucoma is unnoticeable because in the case that one eye has normal sight and another eye has narrowed sight, the brain combines the images as if the image is seen clearly.
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